29.03.2013 -

Launch of the UNESCO Education For All Global Monitoring Report (EFA-GMR)

@UNESCO/Chanthul Suos - H.E. Mr. Sok An, Gives Opening Remarks at the Launch of the 2012 Education for All Global Monitoring Report.

The launch of the 2012 UNESCO Education For All Global Monitoring Report (EFA-GMR) will be held on 28 March 2013 in Phnom Penh. The national launch will be presided by the Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Training Board HE Sok An. The launch will bring together senior leadership from the Ministries of Education, Youth and Sports (MoEYS) and Ministry of Labor and Vocational Training (MoLVT), representatives from the National Employment Agency (NEA), Representatives of the Development Partners, INGOs, Employers Association, Youth NGOs and training providing institutions. The launch aims to generate dialogue among the key stakeholders in the field of education and skills development in Cambodia.

The EFA-GMR is prepared by an independent team of experts and published by UNESCO.  It is an authoritative reference that tracks progress, identifies effective policy reforms informs, influences and sustains genuine commitment and promote national and international collaboration and cooperation towards Education for All.

The 2012 EFA-GMR focuses on the Youth and Skills, the third EFA Goal. It examines how education and learning programs can contribute to skills development among the learners to boost young people’s opportunities for decent jobs and better lives. It highlights that countries, regardless of income level, need to pay greater attention to the needs of young people who face disadvantage in education and skills development.

The GMR launch will recognize the significant progress towards EFA in Cambodia. It will raise awareness on the need to accelerate efforts for meeting the literacy related goals as well as improving quality and efficiency of basic education system by reducing repetition and dropouts at the primary and lower-secondary levels, with opportunities for acquiring knowledge and skills necessary for the world of work.  The GMR 2012 national launch will highlight the shared responsibility and need for closer coordination to ensure that the large youth cohorts who are now entering the labor market now will have the right skills and competencies to remain active for the next 30 to 40 years, thus reap benefits of the demographic dividend. On the occasion of the launch, Mr. Santosh Khatri, the UNESCO Education Specialist commented that, “The GMR 2012 gives us a simple and plain message ‘young people are leaving school without the skills they need.’  It is a call to make schooling and education relevant to the needs of learners through development of heir foundational, transferable and technical skills to prepare them for life. This message with examples from both rich, middle-income and lower-income countries is going to be remembered by many in Cambodia during the discussions on the human capital development strategies, next national strategic plan and the education strategic plan.”

For the whole Report and Executive Summary in English and other languages please see www.unesco.org/new/en/education/themes/leading-the-international-agenda/efareport/reports/2012-skills/

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