Guide to UNESCO Education Statistics


As the statistical branch of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the Institute for Statistics (UIS) produces cross-nationally comparable statistics on education, science and technology, culture and communication for more than 200 countries and territories. 

The UNESCO Education Statistics dataset includes over 1600 indicators for 290+ countries/territories from 1970 onwards. From pre-primary school enrolment to tertiary graduation rates, it covers all education levels and addresses key policy issues such as gender parity, teachers and education financing.

Main topics

  • Out-of-school children
  • Entry
  • Participation
  • Progression
  • Completion
  • Literacy
  • Educational attainment
  • International student mobility in tertiary education
  • Human resources
  • Financial resources
  • School resources and teaching conditions (Africa only)
  • Adult education (Latin America and the Carribbean only)
  • Disparities in teacher's training, deployment, characteristics and working conditions at sub-national level (East and South West Asia only)

Access UNESCO data

Access to the UNESCO Statistics via UKDS.Stat is freely available to all. 

Please refer to the UIS Terms and Conditions of Data Use.


UNESCO produces the documentation below to accompany the Education Statistics dataset:

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