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  • 15/09/2005 - World misses target to provide equal access to education for girls and boys

    Early data from the forthcoming 2006 Education For All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report shows target has been missed to get as many girls as boys into school by 2005. A joint statement by UNESCO, the Global Campaign for Education and the Global Movement for Children, highlights data which shows that 94 countries have missed the gender parity target rather than 71 countries predicted in the last report released in 2004.

    The Missed Target: Swept under the carpet?

    At the start of the United Nations World Summit in New York, the Global Campaign for Education, the Global Movement for Children and UNESCO highlights new data that shows 94 countries have missed the gender parity target rather than the 71 countries predicted in the last EFA Global Monitoring Report.

    The new data, to be published in the 2006 Education For All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report, is released early in a joint statement on the future of the Millennium Development Goals on education and the progress, or lack of it, in getting the 100 million children, 57 per cent of whom are girls, currently not in school, into school by 2015.

    The statement highlights that the first target, to get as many girls as boys into school by 2005 has been missed. The latest draft outcome document issued ahead of the 2005 World Summit makes no reference to the fact that the target of eliminating gender disparities in education by 2005 has been missed

    The statement represents a novel partnership between major educational civil society organisations and a United Nations agency coming together to highlight the lack of progress on a key UN goal.

    The statement has been signed by:

    The President of the Global Campaign for Education: Kailash Satyarthi
    The Chair of the Global Movement for Children Convening Committee: Dean Hirsch
    The Director-General of UNESCO: Koïchiro Matsuura

    Full Text of Statement


    Related Links:

  • Gender and Education For All
    All countries have pledged to eliminate gender disparities in primary and secondary education by 2005, but many won’t even reach that goal by 2015! The “EFA Global monitoring Report: The Leap to Equality” provides an analysis of the problem and a road map to the solution.

  • Gender Mainstreaming
    UNESCO’s Resource Center has teaching methods, learning tools, case studies, synoptic PowerPoint presentations and guidelines that help integrate gender issues into your work.





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