In Doha, Director-General discusses Emergency Education Initiative with HH Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser
On 11 December at the margins of the 4th Annual Forum of theAlliance of Civilizations, the Director-General Irina Bokova met with her Her Highness Sheikha Mozah Bint Nasser, UN Secretary-General's special advocate for MDG 2 on primary education and UNESCO Special Envoy for Basic and High Education.They agreed to launch a campaign for mobilizing funds for an Emergency Initiative on Education - Partnership for Education for All that will accelerate progress towards the Education for All Goals at a time when international cooperation is critical for achieving quality universal education.
They expressed hope that this emergency initiative will be supported
also by other donors and will be implemented in 2012 - 2015 in order to contribute to the realization of UNESCO's main strategic objectives. The emergency initiative will support the programme and budget adopted by the 36th General Conference, in particular the reinforcement of leadership for Education for All, through advocacy, partnership and monitoring, with a special emphasis on girls and women. Concerted attention will be placed on the least developed countries, which are furthest away from reaching the Education for All goals.
It will be further complemented by other global initiatives developed to translate the commitment made by the Heads of States at the 2010 MDG Summit, such as Her Highness' "Educate-A-Child Initiative."
It will have three strategic priorities:
1) Accelerate progress towards the EFA goals and MDG 2 in selected least developed countries (LDSs) and post conflict and post-disaster countries;
2) advocate for education as key to sustainable developmennt at the global level; and
3) respond to the current financial shortfall in resources for education, including as regards, official development assistance (ODA), national educational budgets and UNESCO's core educational budget.
The Initiative will focus on improving equitable access to quality basic education and learning opportunities and particular attention will be given to among others improving access to education, especially for marginalized groups, while making it relevant to the labour market.
The Director General Irina Bokova and HH Sheikha Mozah expressed the intention to finalise the programme of work for the implementation of this initiative by the end of February 2012.
The Director General thanked HH for her unwavering support for UNESCO's core mandate in leading the Global agenda on education.