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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
27-10-2003 4:15 pm Three years ago in Dakar (Senegal), more than 160 countries attending the World Education Forum pledged to achieve gender parity in education – equal enrolments for boys and girls – by the year 2005. According to the Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2003/2004, however, many of them are unlikely to meet that target. Girls in many countries, it finds, continue to face “sharp discrimination in access to schooling.”

Gender equality, one of six goals set at the Dakar Forum, is the theme of this year’s monitoring report, which will be launched at the United Nations Information Centre in New Delhi on November 6 (11 a.m. local time, 5.30 a.m. GMT).

The Report shows those countries that have already reached the goal of gender parity, those that are close to it, and those that may not even achieve it by 2015, the date by which all six of the Education for All goals set in Dakar should have been fulfilled. It looks at the reasons why girls are not getting to school in many countries, and what needs to be done to change the situation.

This year’s Report also includes an Education Index, covering 94 countries, and ranking them according to their progress towards the Dakar goals.

Advance copies of the report – which is under strict embargo until November 6 - are available for the media.

Source Media Advisory N° 2003-87


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