Posted by: africanpressorganization | 22 February 2010

African Union / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) / Ninth High Level Group meeting on Education for All, to focus on impact of economic crisis

 


 

 

African Union / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) / Ninth High Level Group meeting on Education for All, to focus on impact of economic crisis

 

 

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, February 22, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The impact of the global economic crisis on education and challenges related to marginalization will be the focus of the High Level Group Meeting on Education for All (EFA), scheduled to take place from 23 to 25 February 2010, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

 

Organized by the African Union in partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and the Government of Ethiopia, the 9th meeting of the High-Level Group on Education For All is composed of Ministers of Education and International Cooperation, representatives of international and regional organizations, civil society and the private sector amongst others.

 

The opening ceremony on Tuesday 23 February 2010 will be chaired by Ms. Irina Bokova,   Director-General of UNESCO. For three days, participants will brainstorm primarily on the impact of the economic crisis on education and address the multiple challenges in the area of education that leave large sections of society marginalized.  The meeting will also consist of panel discussions on educational responses applicable to countries in emergency situations, such as Haiti.

 

Based on the findings of the 2010 Education for All Global Monitoring Report, launched on 19 January in New York, the aftershock of the global financial crisis threatens to deprive millions of children in the world’s poorest countries of education. “As one of the direct consequence of the crisis, public expenditures on educational systems in sub-Saharan Africa could be cut by as much as US$4.6 billion annually in 2010. 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” the report underlines.

 

Established to follow up the 2000 World Education Forum in Dakar (Senegal), the High-Level Group Meeting on Education for All is an annual event convened by UNESCO’s Director General. Its role is to generate political momentum and mobilize financial, technical and political support towards the achievement of the EFA goals initiated ten years ago and the education-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

 

A Press conference on the High Level Group meeting on Education for All is scheduled for Tuesday 23rd  February 2010, at 2:30 pm, at the United Nations Conference Centre (UNCC), Addis Ababa. UNESCO Director-General, Ms Irina Bokova, AUC Chairperson Jean Ping, and Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, are expected to address the Press Conference.

 

Journalists are invited to  participate in the press conference tomorrow, Tuesday 23rd February at 2:30 pm, and to cover the opening ceremony of the Ninth High Level Group meeting on Education for All at the UNCC, on the same day at 3:30 pm.

 

Contact in Addis Ababa: Ms. Davetta Samuels, Communications Officer

Tel:  0111 544 5422 email: dsamuels@uneca.org

            Ms. Esther Azaa Tankou, Senior Editorial Officer, African Union

            Tel. 0911 3611 85 email: yamboue@africa-union.org

 

 

SOURCE 

African Union Commission (AUC)


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