Chapter 1: Introduction to missing education data and the SDG 4 data regime
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Global education goals and the data collection systems associated with them have a history of more than 30 years. Gaps in these data systems - for example, missing data - have also featured prominently throughout this history. While some gaps are due to logistical and technical limitations, other gaps are due to social and political (de-)prioritization, and many of the gaps have persisted throughout the history of global education goals. These data gaps risk amplifying existing marginalization. This chapter provides an overview of the global education data regime historically and the current Sustainable Development Goals, the importance of understanding and addressing missing data, and an overview of the books’ chapters that cover regional and thematic issues of missing education data.

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