26.02.2011 - ODG

Director-General to launch the 2011 EFA Global Monitoring Report

© UNESCO/Michel Ravassard - Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will launch the 2011 Education for All Global Monitoring Report at Columbia University in New York on 1 March, in an event that will focus on the devastating impact of armed conflict on education, the theme of this new edition.

Entitled “The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education”, the report cautions that the world is not on track to achieve the six Education for All goals adopted in 2000 by over 160 countries. Despite significant progress in the space of a decade, most of the goals will be missed by a wide margin – especially in conflict-affected countries that are home to 42 percent of the world’s out-of-school children at primary level.

To raise awareness of this situation and strengthen international action, the launch event will feature prominent speakers including Michelle Bachelet, Executive Director of UN Women, UNESCO’s Special Envoy for Haiti Michaëlle Jean, Jeffrey Sachs, Director of The Earth Watch Institute, and Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice and former President of Ireland.

Published annually, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report is targeted at decision-makers at the national and international level, and more broadly, at all those engaged in promoting the right to quality education – teachers, civil society groups, NGOs, researchers and the international community.




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