UNESCO | Education - February 2010
Education Sector Newsletter
March 2011  
Interview of the month

“Education is a great force for peace but it can also be a force for war.”

Interview with Kevin Watkins, director of UNESCO’s 2011 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, to be launched on 1 March in New York (United States).  The report, The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education, warns that the world risks missing the 2015 deadline for achieving Education for All.

Read the Interview


Working Group on EFA (Paris, 2-3 February): paving the way to 2015
The Eleventh meeting of the Working Group on EFA (Paris, 2-3 February) is the first of several opportunities in 2011 to accelerate the attainment of the six Education for All (EFA) goals.

Mother language instruction “a powerful way to fight discrimination” says UNESCO Director-General
“We know how important education in the mother language is for learning outcomes,” declared Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Mother Language Day, 21 February 2011.

“Education: Closing the Gap”: an ECOSOC e-discussion
Specialists, practitioners and policy-makers are concluding a global e-discussion on education equality entitled “Education: Closing the Gap”, which aims to address these and other questions and elicit constructive ideas for reducing inequities in education worldwide.

Education – empowering girls and women
UN Women, the UN organization dedicated to gender equality and the empowerment of women, celebrated its creation at UN Headquarters on 24 February. The event was hosted by UN Women Executive Director Ms. Michelle Bachelet.

UNESCO Director-General opens ECOSOC Philanthropy meeting in New York (28 February)
“Partnering with the philanthropic community to promote education for all”, a special event of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), is taking place in New York on 28 February. 

Advancing girls’ secondary education: obstacles and opportunities
Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, opened a high-level panel discussion on girls’ secondary education organized by UNESCO and the International Federation of University Women on 28 February at the UN.

Coming up

International Women’s Day 2011 (8 March)
“This year’s International Women’s Day is inspired by the theme of ‘Equal access to education, training and science and technology: Pathway to decent work for women.’ This goes to the heart of UNESCO’s mission.”
(Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

High-Level Group on Education for All will urge redoubled support to education (22 - 24 March)
Two decades after the historical 1990 World Conference on Education in Jomtien, Thailand, the 2001, some 40 global leaders in the High-Level Group on Education for All are meeting in the same city (Jomtien, 22 - 24 March) in a much different global political and socioeconomic context.

Selected Publications


EFA Global Monitoring Report 2011 "The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education"


The Social and economic impact of illiteracy: analytical model and pilot study


Education for sustainable development lens: a policy and practice review tool

Implementing the right to Education: a compendium of practical examples

MDGThe central role of education in the Millennium Development Goals

Guidebook for planning education in emergencies and reconstruction

Online interactive version

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