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UAE to address UNESCO general conference in Paris

posted on 25/10/2011: 963 views

Humaid Mohammed Obaid Al Qattami, Minister of Education, will lead the UAE's delegation to the UNESCO's 36th General Conference will be convened from 25 October to 10 November in Paris. He will deliver the UAE address before thousands of educators and academic and cultural personalities.

In pre-departure statement, the minister said the UAE had made significant achievements towards attaining objectives stated by the Dakar Declaration 2000-2015. The six international goals are :

(i) expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children;

(ii) ensuring that by 2015 all children, particularly girls, children in difficult circumstances and those belonging to ethnic minorities, have access to and complete free and compulsory primary education of good quality;

(iii) ensuring that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and life skills programmes;

(iv) achieving a 50 per cent improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015, especially for women, and equitable access to basic and continuing education for all adults;

(v) eliminating gender disparities in primary and secondary education by 2005, and achieving gender equality in education by 2015, with a focus on ensuring girls' full and equal access to and achievement in basic education of good quality;

(vi) improving all aspects of the quality of education and ensuring excellence of all so that recognised and measurable learning outcomes are achieved by all, especially in literacy, numeracy and essential life skills.

Al Qattami noted that the UNESCO has, in its latest reports, commended efforts the UAE has made to achieve Education for All targets and goals.

The conference will determine UNESCO's work and policies and fix its programme and budget for 2012-2013. Education is the largest programme of all, and therefore presents specific challenges. Challenge number one is to ensure a more coordinated approach in working towards the EFA goals for the 2015 deadline and beyond. A new architecture of the global EFA coordination mechanism is expected to allow for UNESCO to take the lead in coordinating efforts among the numerous stakeholders in the Education for All (EFA) movement, including UNESCO Member States, the five EFA convening agencies, civil society and the private sector.

Composed of UNESCO Member States, Associate Members and observers from other organisations, the General Conference meets every two years. Each country has one vote. - Emirates News Agency, WAM


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