UNESCO: United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization

The Organisation

Special Issue

Education For All

Key to the Future
 Primary school pupil in Trinidad
  Caroline Penn/Panos Pictures, London

In 2000 UNESCO was asked to lead a worldwide drive to achieve Education for All by 2015. The aim: provide a good quality primary education for every child, halve adult illiteracy and secure equality of opportunity between girls and boys, women and men. Other key objectives: widening early childhood care and youth and adult learning. Five years on, however, progress as been uneven. Two of the most critical challenges: achieving gender equality and ensuring the quality of learning as enrolment rises. More
Big Classes, a Threat to Standards
Faced with inflation in the number of pupils, teachers have no choice
except to adapt their methods.
School for Girls: Creating Equal Opportunity
For the last three years, the United Nations has implemented a programme in Asia aimed at bringing girls back into the classroom.
The Success of Private Schools in Zambia: A Dirty Secret
Public schools are free in Zambia, but many parents prefer to send their
children to private schools.
Uganda: The Price of Free School for All
Increasing enrolment is one objective, but the quality of learning must
be preserved at the same time. An illustration in Masindi, Uganda.
Afghanistan: A Difficult Return for Girls
Four years after the fall of the Taliban, education for girls and other marginalised children is not yet a reality
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