Publication Date: 2004
Author/Publisher: UNESCO Bangkok
Existing measures for access to and efficiency in the school system are very limited as measures of gender equality, even though there have been marked improvements in sex-disaggregated data. These access and retention measures cannot, in their raw form, point to a wider understanding of gender equality in schooling nor, as a result, in education more generally. Thus, the idea for developing a scorecard that weighs enrolment, participation and survival into adulthood originated from concern over the need to find a publicly accountable measure that could distil some general components of human flourishing linked to education and schooling. This briefing reports on results derived from applying to Asian countries a methodology used by the Beyond Access project for measuring gender equality in schooling and education.