About WIDE

The World Inequality Database on Education (WIDE) brings together data from Demographic and Health Surveys (DHS), Multiple Indicator Cluster Surveys (MICS), national household surveys and learning achievement surveys from over 160 countries to enable users to compare education outcomes between countries, and between groups within countries, according to factors that are associated with inequality, including wealth, gender, ethnicity and location. Users can create maps, charts, infographics and tables from the data, and download, print or share them online.

The Global Education Monitoring Report (the GEM Report, formerly known as the Education for All Global Monitoring Report) is an editorially independent, authoritative and evidence-based annual report published by UNESCO. Its mandate is to monitor progress towards the education targets in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework. Monitoring progress towards the Sustainable Development Goal 4, as is possible using this website, is necessary to guide public policies and international cooperation in education.

The database was first created as the Deprivation and Marginalization in Education (DME) dataset for the 2010 EFA Global Monitoring Report. Since then, the following updates and extensions have been introduced to coincide with the launch of the report.

  • For the 2012 EFA GMR, it was re-launched as WIDE with interactive online features.
  • For the 2013/4 EFA GMR, learning achievement surveys were added as well as completion rates for primary and lower secondary education.
  • For the 2015 EFA GMR, there are new indicators related to upper secondary completion, transition rates to secondary education, and the youth literacy rate, while national household surveys have been analysed for countries not covered by DHS and MICS.
  • For the 2016 GEM Report, there are new indicators on out of school youth and tertiary education attainment; new pages with the parity index, which is the global indicator for SDG target 4.5.1; regional and global averages for several indicators; and a large increase in the coverage to include high income countries.


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Gem_logo About the Global Education Monitoring Report

The Global Education Monitoring Report is an authoritative reference that aims to inform, influence and sustain genuine commitment towards the global education targets in the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) framework. It is developed by an independent team and published by UNESCO.

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About the UN Sustainable Development Agenda

In September 2015, at the United Nations Sustainable Development Summit, Member States formally adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in New York. The agenda contains 17 goals including a new global education goal (SDG 4).

SDG 4 is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’ and has seven targets and three means of implementation. This goal came about through an intensive consultative process led by Member-States, but with broad participation from civil society, teachers, unions, bilateral agencies, regional organisations, the private sector and research institutes and foundations.

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Data notes

This note provides some basic information on the database: indicator definitions; data sources; and wealth definitions.

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