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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
22-04-2003 5:30 pm Paris – To mark the launch of the French edition of the 2002 EFA Global Monitoring Report : Is the World on Track ?, UNESCO will hold a Round Table discussion on April 30, which will be attended by Christopher Colclough, the Director of the Report, Jean-Michel Sévérino, Director of the Agence française du dévéloppement (AFD - French development agency) and Monique Fouilhoux from the Global Campaign for Education.

According to the Report, 70 countries, on present trends, will not achieve the Education For All goals by the 2015 deadline set at the World Education Forum in Dakar (Senegal), three years ago. It reconfirms the Forum’s diagnosis that almost one third of the world’s population lives in countries where achieving the six EFA goals will remain a dream unless a major, concerted effort is undertaken to turn the situation around.

The Report also shows that the cost of Education For All has been seriously underestimated, partly because the impact of HIV/AIDS and conflict on education were not taken into account. It also indicates that external aid must be considerably increased to finance basic education.

Jean-Michel Sévérino will deal with these issues at the Round Table, where he will present the AFD strategy on Education for All. Monique Fouilhoux will speak on the involvement of civil society in education policy development. These two brief presentations will be followed by a debate and question time.

The EFA Global Monitoring Report is prepared annually by an independent, international team, based at UNESCO in Paris. It is part of the follow-up to the Dakar Forum and is jointly financed by UNESCO and bilateral and multilateral agencies. The publication seeks to reinforce national and international determination to make Education For All a reality, by providing viable data and critical analysis and identifying efficient policies and strategies.

The Round Table will be held on April 30 at 4 pm. Journalists wishing to attend should contact UNESCO’s Press Service, tel: 01 45 68 17 48

Source Media Advisory N°2003 - 34


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