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UNESCO reports world is off-track to reach education for all

Global Monitoring Report coverThe 2011 UNESCO Global Monitoring Report (GMR) was released on Tuesday. The report, which is released annually, details progress toward achieving the Education for All (EFA) Goals. The good news from this year’s report is that the number of out-of-school children in 2008 reduced to 67 million, from 72 million the year before. However, the reduction is slowing and there may be more children out of school by 2015 than there are today if more is not done.

In addition, each year’s report addresses a focus theme, which in 2011 is education and conflict in fragile states. The report, called “The Hidden Crisis: Armed Conflict in Education”, points out that the provision of universal education is seriously hampered by armed conflict, war and civil unrest.  With half of all out-of-school kids living in conflict affected or fragile countries, this issue needs to be addressed and taken seriously. Continue reading

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Ban Ki-Moon calls on donors to live up to pledges on education

Ban Ki-Moon launching EFA GMR 2010Yesterday Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations, launched the 2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, which assesses progress toward the Education for All goals around the world. Mr Ban commented that ‘education should never be an accident of circumstances’, recognising that many countries, while making progress toward education for all, are leaving millions behind. These marginalised children are the poorest, frequently female, from ethnic and linguistic minorities or disabled. Mr Ban’s full speech is at the UNESCO website. Continue reading