Sunday, September 18, 2011

Irina Bokova to join other Education for All Principals in New York (18 September)

UNESCO is organizing a meeting of the heads and senior representatives of the five convening agencies for Education for All (EFA), UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA and the World Bank, on 18 September in New York. Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General, will also be joined by the head of UN Women and the Chair of the Fast Track Initiative.

They will address institutional cooperation to scale up efforts for the 2015 EFA goals and beyond. Ten years since the 2000 World Education Forum in Dakar, the prospects for achieving the EFA goals by 2015 are deteriorating. Progress in access to education has slowed down and the quality of education remains desperately low in many countries, with many children leaving school without adequate literacy and numeracy skills.  
Other issues on the agenda will be a joint response to emerging education needs in the Arab States and the first formal EFA Fast-Track Initiative Replenishment Pledging Conference. This event will be held in Copenhagen on 7 and 8 November in order to revitalize political and financial support for education.

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