Framework for Action - Participants -Organizers
Online coverage - NGO Consultation
Latest news - Follow-up to the Dakar Forum
The opinion of EFA partners - Grassroots stories
The EFA 2000 Assessment - The findings
The regional meetings - Evaluation
Press releases - Press kit
Photo corner - Media contacts
Press releases > Paris 02/03/2001
Paris 02/03/001
Paris 29/01/001
Bamako 28/11/00
Paris 02/10/00
Paris 02/10/00
Paris 26/05/00
Dakar 28/04/00
Dakar 27/04/00
Dakar 27/04/00
Dakar 27/04/00
Dakar 26/04/00
Dakar 26/04/00
Paris 21/04/00
New York 18/04/00
Paris 11/04/00
 Paris 20/03/00
 Paris 15/03/00
 Paris 10/03/00
 Washington 01/03/00
 Paris 22/02/00
 Paris 15/02/00
 Warsaw 08/02/00
 Warsaw 06/02/00
 Recife 03/02/00
 Bangkok 20/01/00
 Bangkok 18/01/00
 Bangkok 17/01/00
 Warsaw 17/01/00
 Bangkok 12/01/00
 Johannesburg 08/12/99
 Johannesburg 07/12/99
 Johannesburg 06/12/99
 
NGOS MEET TO GIVE THEIR VIEWS ON EDUCATION FOR ALL
 

Paris, March 2 - UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura today highlighted the role of non-governmental organizations in achieving the target of providing quality basic education for all (EFA) by the year 2015, set at the World Education Forum (Dakar, April 2000), as he opened an NGO Consultation on the Global Initiative to implement this goal.

The meeting, attended by some 40 representatives of leading international NGOs working in education, was also attended by members of the international donor community, representing governments of the richest countries, and international organizations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. It is being held in the wake of a two-day donors’ meeting on the strategy for international and inter-agency co-operation in EFA.

Speaking of efforts to improve the existing partnership mechanisms, Mr Matsuura declared: “UNESCO wishes to create a collective dialogue among all partners of the EFA movement and to co-ordinate the EFA movement as a collective responsibility. NGOs are a very important stakeholder in that movement and our partnership mechanisms are important channels of communication and joint action. They [the NGOs] represent vigour and innovation. They are people-centred, working at grass-roots level. [...] They bring an essential, dynamic force to UNESCO, as an inter-governmental organization, and to other multinational and bilateral agencies that work at the policy level, through intricate and lengthy procedures.

” Referring to criticism of UNESCO’s leadership of the EFA movement, the Director-General said: “I do not share the opinion of those who criticize UNESCO for moving too slowly. I believe in deliberate and carefully thought-out action and need first to listen to all stakeholders. Communication and information about what we are each doing are important in this regard.”

“We all know what a difficult task we have ahead of us. As partners, we have to be realistic about what we can do, when and how. UNESCO seeks to strengthen its collaboration with the NGO community and would appreciate proposals from the NGO community on how best to do this,” Mr Matsuura said, adding: “I value the critical voice of NGOs and its watchdog role vis-à-vis governments and agencies. I firmly believe that NGOs have an important advocacy role to fulfil and that they strengthen the EFA movement through their rich, innovative experiences at the micro level and their strong relations with wider civil society. I also hope, therefore, that this first, broad consultation can be the foundation for the best possible co-operation between NGOs and other EFA partners, generally, and in particular UNESCO.”

 
==============
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
[ Discussion Forum | Contact | Site map | Search this site | top ]