Regional Webinar on Costing and Financing SDG 4 especially Target 4.2

Regional Webinar on Costing and Financing SDG 4 especially Target 4.2

For many countries in Asia and the Pacific region, expenditure on ECCE as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is generally far below the OECD average of 0.9 per cent. Although efforts have been made, the inadequate understanding on costing of relevant interventions along with poor financing approaches come out as a major impediment for proper integration of pre-primary education into Education Sector Plans, resulting in a lack of policy intention and resources to sustain and expand ECCE programmes in many countries. Moreover, the lack of quality finance and expenditure data specifically on pre-primary education, disaggregated by gender, income, age, race, ethnicity, language, migratory status, disability, and geographic location, hinders costing and estimating financial gaps in education.

To effectively address inequities in access to and poor quality of pre-primary, primary, and secondary education and ultimately contribute to the fulfilment of the SDG commitments, member-state governments need to adequately plan and resource the education sector overall, particularly the pre-primary education sub-sector.

To this end, with the generous support from the Korean Funds-in-Trust (KFIT), UNESCO Bangkok will organize a two-day webinar to strengthen national capacity and raise awareness for importance of systematic review and resource analysis to achieve SDG 4 goals especially Target 4.2 in the Asia-Pacific Region.


  • To understand systematic planning for costing and financing for SDG4 especially for quality early childhood policies and programmes.
  • To share recent global, regional development on systematic costing and financing of SDG 4 especially in the area of Target 4.2.
  • To share relevant regional and national ECCE experiences in working toward Target 4.2 by 2030.
  • To catalyse multilateral engagement and cooperation for costing and financing ECCE policies and programmes in the Asia-Pacific region.

Target Audience

The target audience for the webinar includes regional, national and international level education stakeholders (including both policymakers and implementers) interested in strengthening costing and financing of SDG 4 especially Target 4.2 for quality ECCE policies and programmes.

Working Language

English will be the working language of the webinar.

Dates and Format

Dates: Monday, 12 July and Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Time: 1:30pm – 3:30pm (Bangkok time; GMT+7)

Format: Zoom (link will be sent upon registration)

Registration link:



Monday, 12 July 2021

Day 1: ECCE Rationale, Costing, and Financing

1:30pm – 1:40pm

Welcome and Introduction

Shigeru Aoyagi, Director, UNESCO Bangkok

1:40 pm – 2:40pm

Moderator: Kyungah Kristy Bang, UNESCO Bangkok

Panel Speakers:

2:40pm – 3:20pm

Q&A and Discussion

3:20pm – 3:30pm

Key Messages from Day 1

Tuesday, 13 July 2021

Day 2: Country Presentations

1:30pm – 1:40pm

Recap from Day 1

UNESCO Bangkok 

1:40pm – 2:40pm

Moderator: Nyi Nyi Thaung, UNESCO Bangkok

Panel Speakers:

2:40pm – 3:20pm

Q&A and Discussion

3:20pm – 3:30pm

Key Messages and Closing

Margarete Sachs-Israel, Chief of Section for Inclusive Quality Education, UNESCO Bangkok