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Many OGP governments work to make education information more transparent, to directly engage citizens in improving quality, and to ensure appropriate accountability.

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Overview

Globally, 387 million children of primary school age (56 percent) and 230 million adolescents of lower secondary school age (61 percent), do not achieve minimum proficiency levels in reading and math. This learning gap not only limits these children’s opportunities, but also the growth and prosperity of whole countries. 

Education is one of the most popular policy areas within OGP. As of July 2021, 59  OGP members had made over 200 commitments on education ranging from transparency in the delivery of school lunches to ensuring the allocation of funds for school repairs. The most popular commitments focus on open education resources, and include IT tools and platforms that make teaching materials publicly available.

OGP members have also strengthened parent-teacher-administrator oversight at the local level to improve school performance and value for money. 

While this progress is encouraging, more inclusive and sustained outcomes require investments that deliver on transparency, accessibility and accountability that ensures responsive systems.  

According to OGP’s 2019 Global Report, two areas where OGP countries can invest more are greater community engagement opportunities and improved local level data systems.


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Featured Commitment: Basic Education Inputs Program

Read how the Philippines is working to improve education services through a participatory platform for monitoring and evaluating basic education data. This commitment is featured in the "What's in the 2019 Action Plans" publication.

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Recommendations

  • Codify rules and regulations on education to ensure standardization and good service delivery.  Honduras translated its newly overhauled education law into rules and regulations over the course of two action plans. In Spain, the procomun platform now offers open access to all educational materials developed with public funds.
  • Empower students and parents to audit and report on school performance, supplies, and management.  The Kigoma Ujiji Municipal Council regularly publishes data on school funding and expenditures, student and staff numbers, school labor needs, school building infrastructure and test results to help identify and target unequipped and underperforming schools. 
  • Transparently fund schools and apply open contracting and procurement principles to school funding. A civil society organization leveraged the Nigerian government’s international pledges on open contracting to gain access to information and improve procurement processes across primary education services. In Buenos Aires, Argentina, an online platform allows citizens to access information and monitor the development of ongoing education infrastructure projects.
  • Start a dialogue with local leaders, governments, and teachers and administrators. In Mongolia, the government invited parents, teachers, and students to express their concerns and work with local government to improve conditions in school dormitories and classrooms.

Resources

  1. Education Fact Sheet

    Snapshot of global progress and member-level examples of education reform in OGP

    2019, Document, PDF

  2. CheckMySchool (CMS) Initiative: Open Governance through Stories of Change

    This blog is part of a series on how open government can help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The…

    2016, , Web Page

  3. 2017 Global Education Monitoring Report: Accountability in Education

    The thirteenth annual Global Education Monitoring Report came out recently, and it synthesizes the state of the art of accountability…

    2017, Perspective, Web Page

  4. Global Report – Education

    Much progress has been made on opening up school data, but achieving sustainable and equitable outcomes require going beyond transparency…

    2019, Document, PDF


Commitments


OGP Global Report Data

The data below is drawn from the 2019 OGP Global Report. You can view and learn more about the report here.

These are members making OGP commitments to improve their performance in the respective policy area. As members that have demonstrated political commitment through OGP, the next step is ensuring that implemented commitments have maximal impact.

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Indicates that member has a starred commitment in this policy area.


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