4th Meeting, Brasilia, Brazil, 8-10 November 2004

The fourth meeting opened in Brasilia on 8 November in the presence of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. A keynote address was given by Mr Arthur Zahidi N`Goma, Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a special message on girls` education was delivered by Ms Carol Bellamy, Executive Director of UNICEF. Mr Tarso Genro, the Minister of Education of Brazil, chaired the opening ceremony.

The Group’s fourth meeting built on previous sessions in addressing urgent and pressing concerns on the EFA agenda. One of the most urgent issues was the 2005 target on gender parity in primary and secondary education. Further themes addressed in the Brasilia meeting included the quality of education, the role of teachers, the mobilization of resources and the effectiveness of aid. As usual, discussion of these key issues drew on the work of the EFA Global Monitoring Report 2005, whose particular thematic focus was ‘The Quality Imperative’

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