SDG 4 lays out an ambitious global agenda for education. SDG 4.1 calls for all boys and girls to have access to free, equitable, and quality primary and secondary education. Access in the Asia Pacific region, home of over 55% of secondary school age children out of school in the world, remains a substantial obstacle. This cluster brings together academic and non-academic partners, including international organizations and civil society networks, to explore how countries and communities in the Asia Pacific region can best respond to the SDG4 monitoring agenda. Thus, three research questions drive this scoping research:
(1) How are countries in the Asia Pacific region adapting to ensure that universal education is met?
(2) What are the political, cultural, structural, and economic barriers to universal secondary education in the Asia Pacific region?
(3) How do the barriers to secondary education intersect to further disadvantage marginalized groups in the Asia Pacific region?