06.05.2014 -

Meeting on Education for All, 12 to 14 May: final stretch before the World Education Forum in 2015

© UNESCOThe advances towards Education for All in Africa have been immense but many challenges remain.

The Global Education for All Meeting (GEM) – taking place from 12 to 14 May 2014 in Muscat (Oman) - has the main objective of establishing a road map to achieve education for all, in the post- 2015 development agenda.

In 2000, 164 countries implemented the Dakar Framework for Action, which aims to provide a quality Education for All (EFA) for all of the world’s children, young and adults, by 2015. The GEM meeting, which will be attended by 24 ministers and deputy ministers of education worldwide, will undeniably be the last opportunity for all Education for All (EFA) partners to monitor progress before the target date.

Efforts made during the past fifteen years to carry out EFA generated unprecedented progress. However, the EFA goals will not be fully accomplished by next year. The EFA agenda holds all its relevance and importance. The GEM seeks to develop the necessary measures to be taken in the coming months regarding the post-2015 agenda. EFA must occupy a dominant place, whether at national, regional or international level.

The GEM is intended to provide a global platform for dialogue, coordination and collaboration. Over three days, over 300 participants will review progress in achieving the six EFA goals; identify holdups and ongoing initiatives; and assess the remaining steps to be taken in the process of EFA 2015. The Global Monitoring Report on EFA 2013-2014 and the initial findings of national assessments of EFA 2015 will also be discussed.

Participants  include ministers of education and cooperation of UNESCO Member States, senior representatives of EFA agencies, the Global Partnership for Education, as well as representatives of multilateral and bilateral organizations, United Nations agencies and regional organizations, faculty, organizations of civil society, EFA main programs, from the private sector research institutes and foundations.

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