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04-10-2005 9:15 am More than 50 education ministers and high-ranking officials responsible for education will meet to take stock of the main challenges of Education for All at UNESCO Headquarters on October 7 and 8, during the Organization’s General Conference The debates at this round table will focus on successful experiences in various regions of the world.
Education is a basic human right, which must be placed on top of the political agendas of Member States to achieve the goals of sustainable development and the fight against poverty. Indeed, Two of the eight Millennium Development Goals coincide with the Education for All (EFA) initiative, namely, the objective of achieving universal primary education, and that of promoting gender equality and empowering women.

The Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will open the two-day debate, which will focus on four themes:

Friday, October 7
- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. “Five years after Dakar: Overview of Progress and Challenges in EFA”.
What are the lessons to be learned from the successful experiences of reforming educational systems?
- 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm: “Resource Mobilization and Aid Effectiveness for EFA”. How can the rules of good practice be put to use internationally to ensure a more efficient use of aid?

Saturday, 8 October
- 10 a.m. to 12 noon: “Strengthening EFA Partnerships at Country Level.”
What partnerships and alliances can be put in place to improve the efficiency of education initiatives? How can new civil society and private sector partners be involved?
- 12 noon to 1 p.m.: “UNESCO’s Role and future strategy in Education for All”. How can UNESCO improve its support for the regional and national goals in education?

A communiqué will be adopted by the participants at the end of the debate.






Source Media Advisory N°2005-59
Author(s) UNESCOPRESS



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