Education for All Global Monitoring Report
Every year since 2002, the Education for All Global Monitoring Report assesses its progress and sharing of good practices. It also makes concrete recommendations to achieve the goals set in Dakar.
The Report is funded by several countries, in particular Germany, France, Japan, the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Canada, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland and Switzerland.
75 million children and teenagers and 774 million adults do still not have access to quality education. The inequality of opportunities is a major obstacle to the development.
The 2011 Global Monitoring Report examines the damaging consequences of conflict for the Education for All goals.
Violent conflict is one of the greatest development challenges facing the international community, especially creating devastating consequences for children and education systems. Beyond the immediate human suffering it causes, it is a source of poverty, inequality and economic stagnation.
“Children and education are not just getting caught in the cross-fire, they are increasingly the targets of violent conflict,” says the report’s director, Kevin Watkins. “The failure of governments to protect human rights is causing children deep harm – and taking away their only chance of an education. It is time for the international community to bring to account the perpetrators of heinous crimes like systematic rape, and to back UN resolutions with decisive action.”
The aftershock of the global financial crisis threatens to deprive millions of children in the world's poorest countries of an education, the 2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report warns. With 72 million children still out of school, a combination of slower economic growth, rising poverty and budget pressures could erode the gains of the past decade. “While rich countries nurture their economic recovery, many poor countries face the imminent prospect of education reversals. We cannot afford to create a lost generation of children deprived of their chance for an education that might lift them out of poverty,” said UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova.
The report blames the combination of political indifference, inefficient national policies and the non respect of international commitments. Unacceptable education disparities are undermining efforts to achieve international development goals. “When financial systems fail, the consequences are highly visible and governments act," stated the former Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura, and continued: “When education systems fail the consequences are less visible, but no less real. Unequal opportunities for education fuel poverty, hunger, and child mortality, and reduce prospects for economic growth. That is why governments must act with a greater sense of urgency”.
The number of children starting primary school has increased sharply, the rate of girls in schools is higher than ever before, spending on education and aid have risen. However, the quality of education remains poor, the cost of schooling high and the level of adult illiteracy persists. "This last edition of the Report clearly identifies the big challenges we have to face: reach the most vulnerable and disadvantaged populations, improve learning conditions and increase aid in favour of education", declared Koïchiro Matsuura, UNESCO's former Director General.