The National SDG 4 Midterm Review Guidelines: Asia and the Pacific provides guidance to national authorities and SDG 4 stakeholders to organize and conduct their national SDG 4 Midterm Review.

This Review will document progress achieved towards the SDG 4 targets; experiences in implementing relevant and appropriate strategies; lessons learned; and emerging issues and challenges, as well as inform the development of strategies to accelerate progress towards achieving SDG 4 and future policy dialogue.

The Review will also take into consideration the impacts of COVID-19 on SDG 4 implementation and measures for learning recovery, as well as national, regional and global commitments towards transforming education. In addition, the Guidelines propose key indicators, benchmark values and guiding questions to facilitate the review process and provide an outline of the basic contents and structure of the national SDG 4 Midterm Review Report.

While there will be differences between national reports depending on the unique circumstances of each national context, the suggested report outline structure is as follows.

Chapter 1: Socio-Economic context
Chapter 2: Countries’ adaptation and implementation of SDG 4
Chapter 3: Assessment by SDG 4 Target
    3.1. SDG 4 Target 1 Free Primary and Secondary Education
    3.2. SDG 4 Target 2 Equal Access to Quality Pre-primary Education
    3.3. SDG 4 Target 3 Equal Access to Affordable TVET and Higher Education
    3.4. SDG 4 Target 4 Increase the Number of People with Relevant Skills for decent work
    3.5. SDG 4 Target 5 Eliminate all Discrimination in Education
    3.6. SDG 4 Target 6 Universal Youth Literacy and Numeracy
    3.7. SDG 4 Target 7 Education for Sustainable Development and Global Citizenship
    3.8. SDG 4 Target a) Build and Upgrade Inclusive and Safe Schools
    3.9. SDG 4 Target b) Expand Higher Education Scholarships for Developing Countries
    3.10. SDG 4 Target c) Increase the Supply of Qualified Teachers in Developing Countries
    3.11. Matrix of policies and practices applied
Chapter 4: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Progress of SDG 4
Chapter 5: Anticipated way forward Annex: Relevant regulatory documents, references and stakeholders and their responsibilities by SDG 4 targets and indicators
Please refer to the National SDG 4 Midterm Review Guidelines: Asia and the Pacific for further details.


Information session: National SDG 4 Midterm Review process

The Asia-Pacific Midterm Review support team invited the National SDG 4 Coordinators and other relevant colleagues to an information session to share the review process and timeline, and facilitate questions and clarification on this critical regional exercise.

East and Southeast Asia 2 March 2023, 9:00 am - 10:00 am (GMT+7/Bangkok time)
South Asia 2 March 2023, 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm (GMT+7/Bangkok time)
Central Asia31 March 2023, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (GMT+7/Bangkok time)
Pacific4 April 2023, 9:00 am - 10:00 am (GMT+7/Bangkok time)


The Sub-regional workshop “Strengthening National Capacities in Education Data and Statistics for Evidence Based Policy Making, Planning and Monitoring of SDG 4”

The Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok) together with UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS) are organizing a regional training workshop on “Strengthening National Capacities in Education Data and Statistics for Evidence Based Policy Making, Planning and Monitoring of SDG 4” to build national capacities in the education data and statistics to improve the regional and national policies, planning and monitoring in the region.  Most importantly, the workshop was an opportunity to review the SDG 4 benchmark process and key challenges for their use in monitoring policy and data gaps; and to discuss the processes of the national SDG 4 Midterm Reviews in using national benchmark indicators.

The workshop will be organized from October – December 2022.

East and Southeast Asia 3-5 October 2022 in Bangkok, Thailand
South Asia 19-21 October 2022 in Kathmandu, Nepal
Pacific21 - 25 November 2022 in Nadi, Fiji
Central Asia29 November – 1 December 2022 in Almaty, Kazakhstan

The development of the Asia-Pacific Midterm Review Microsite is funded by the generous support of the Government of Japan, through its Fund-in-Trust (FIT).