Education on a Big Scale: Director-General Commends E-9 Ministers in Jomtien
Ministers and senior representatives from the nine high population countries – the E9 – shared views on best practices, initiatives and challenges during a breakfast meeting hosted by the Director-General of UNESCO in Jomtien, Thailand on 23 March 2011.
“UNESCO actively supports this fruitful E-9 initiative which has developed over the years into a powerful driver for EFA and for South-South cooperation,” said Irina Bokova, on the sidelines of the High Level Group meeting. “We want to strengthen this collaboration and raise the visibility and impact of the E-9.”
Following up on the E-9 meeting in Abuja (Nigeria) on literacy for development held in 2010, countries described efforts to increase literacy -- from the use of ICTs in Nigeria to setting up adult education centres in India and community schools in Upper Egypt, to finalizing a national literacy curriculum in Pakistan and running large-scale campaigns.
Several countries have adopted legislation to make education a fundamental right. Indonesia and Brazil are taking measures to improve the status of teachers, while Bangladesh drew attention to the impact of stipends provided to 78 million students and making free books available in primary and secondary schools.
“You are working with a lot of imagination on different models, because we know that one size does not fit all,” said the Director-General, thanking ministers for their special attention to girls’ and women’s education mentioned in all presentations.