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Nurturing the democratic debate.  
02-11-2004 5:45 pm More children are going to school than ever before, but many drop out before grade 5 of primary school or graduate without mastering even a minimum set of cognitive skills. So concludes the 2005 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, which will be launched in Brasilia (Brazil) on November 8.

This year’s report focuses on the quality of education, which it finds is insufficient in several regions of the world and could prevent many countries from achieving the Education for All (EFA) goals set at the World Education Forum in Dakar, 2000, by the target date of 2015.

The report provides a detailed analysis of factors influencing the quality of education, including financial and material resources for schools, the number of teachers and their training, core subjects, pedagogy, language, the amount of actual learning time, facilities and leadership.

It also presents case studies from 11 countries (Bangladesh, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Egypt, Finland, Republic of Korea, Senegal, South Africa and Sri Lanka) showing how both rich and developing nations are tackling the quality issue. An Education Development Index measures the overall progress of 127 countries towards the EFA goals.

The Report will be launched in Brasilia, just ahead of the Fourth High-Level group Meeting on Education for All (Brasilia, November 8-10). This group of high-level leaders from governments and civil society in developed and developing countries, plus UN agencies and other international organizations, serves as a lever for political commitment and technical and financial resource mobilisation for EFA. Informed by the Global Monitoring Report, it also provides and opportunity to hold the global community to account for commitments made at the Dakar Forum.

Advance copies of the “EFA Global Monitoring Report: the quality imperative” are available for the media upon request.

Sue Williams, Press Relations Section, tel: +33 (0)1 45 68 17 06 +33 (0)6 07 84 26 76 s.williams@unesco.org
A B-roll is available: Carole Darmouni, Audiovisual Section +33 (0)1 45 68 17 38 c.darmouni@unesco.org

For more information on Education for All: www.unesco.org/education/efa

Source Media advisory No 2004 - 74


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