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UNESCO Seeks More Action On Education-for-all

Posted: Sep 19, 2015 at 4:01 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Ejikeme Omenazu, Lagos


As the world prepares to adopt the new sustainable development goals, a new UNESCO Report has called for more action to ensure education-for-all.

Unveiling the latest Global Monitoring Report on Education for All, the Director-General of UNESCO, Ms Irina Bokova, lamented that “Despite all efforts by governments, civil society and the international community, the world has not achieved Education for All,”

The latest Report featured achievements and challenges in the period 2000 to 2015 when the world was focusing on implementing targets towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

According to the Report, there are 58 million children out of school and an estimated 100 million children who do not complete primary education.

Bokova said: “Overall, the poor quality of learning at primary level still has millions of children leaving school without basic skills.”

The launching of the Report, which is expected to be perforemed in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, on September 22, will attract distinguished educationists who will present and discuss it and provide the Nigeria context.

The launch comes few days ahead of the historic adoption of a new post-2015 development agenda by the United Nations Member States in New York.

The new sustainable development goals also prioritise education, among other important aspects of development, as a major factor in the eradication of poverty and achieving sustainable development.

On his own, Director, UNESCO Regional Office Abuja, Benoit Sossou, said: “Nigeria has made progress in education for all in many of the States of the Federation.

“However, there are still so many challenges, especially with high levels of illiteracy more prevalent in the 19 States of the north, and more than 40 million adult illiterates nationwide.”

The Education for All Global Monitoring Report has provided a global analysis of progress being made in achieving the millennium development goals on education since 2000.

Supported by UNESCO, the report will continue to provide the much-needed monitoring on progress in education achievements under the new sustainable development goals.