High-Level Group on Education for All will urge redoubled support to education (22 - 24 March).

© UNESCO/Justin MottPupils from a primary school looking through the window.

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.

 The international community is at a crossroads. Without renewed commitment to education many countries risk missing the 2015 target for reaching the six Education for All (EFA) goals. Now that the deadline is only four years away, the Tenth Meeting of the High-Level Group (HLG) aims to galvanize strong political and financial support for education, mobilize additional commitments and build a reinvigorated vision of the EFA agenda. 

Since 1990, a number of countries have made important breakthroughs, particularly in the areas of enrolments and gender parity in primary education. But progress has been uneven and even started to wane. Many countries lag behind. The economic slowdown and rising food prices are jeopardizing the gains of two decades. Stronger support to EFA is needed but it is a struggle to keep education high on the international development agenda.

Participants will take stock of advances made since 1990, define ways to accelerate progress, and explore initiatives to address existing challenges in the run-up to 2015. The discussion will build on the main findings of the 2011 Global Monitoring Report (GMR) and regional reports for 1990-2010. Lastly, the meeting will look into the future of EFA beyond 2015.  

The one-day Ministerial meeting will be preceded and followed by technical meetings for senior officials. 

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