14.06.2010 -

E-9 leaders make historic commitment to literacy

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The leaders of the nine most highly-populated countries of the South (E-9) have adopted an ambitious action agenda to mobilize stronger commitment to literacy, boost effective delivery of literacy programmes, harness new resources and continue their successful teamwork.

They plan to report on progress on specific actions by the end of 2010 - as well as at the next E-9 Meeting in 2012, with ongoing monitoring to 2015.

Recognizing that such a commitment demands political commitment, innovation, and resources, the E-9 leaders urge donors to honour their EFA commitment, and UNESCO to strengthen its focus on and promotion of literacy.

“Your collective clout – that can be counted in billions of people – has the potential to make literacy a real driver of development” said Ms Bokova. She also warned that “the Education for All goals will not be achieved globally if they are not reached in the E-9 countries.”

Between them they represent more than 60 per cent of the world's population, over two-thirds of the world's illiterate adults and over half of the world's out-of-school children. The nine most highly-populated countries of the South are meeting in Abuja, Nigeria (21 - 24 June) to tackle the theme of "Literacy for Development" with a special focus on girls and women.

Jointly organized by UNESCO and the Nigerian Government, the Eighth E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting was opened by Nigeria's Education Minister and President as well as UNESCO's Director-General and HRH Princess Laurentien of the Netherlands, UNESCO’s Special Envoy on Literacy for Development.

Bangladesh, Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Nigeria and Pakistan are the nine most highly-populated countries of the South.

India will host the ninth E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting in New Delhi in 2012 and assume the chair of the E-9 Secretariat from 2012-2014.

Related links

The Director-General’s Speech at the E-9 meeting

Eighth E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting, Abuja, Nigeria, 21-24 June 2010

About the E9

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