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Girls' Education - News/Events


Getting to Equal in Education: Addressing Gender and Multiple Sources of Disadvantage to Achieve Learning 
Washington, DC, April 11, 2012

Giving Adolescent Girls 'A Fair Chance' (video of event)
Washington, DC, October 6, 2010

The E4 Engendering Empowerment: Education and Equality conferences
Dakar, Senegal. May 17-20, 2010

Book Launch: Girls’ Education in the 21st Century: Gender Equality, Empowerment, and Economic Growth
Washington, DC, February 19, 2009

Global Symposium - Education: A Critical Path to Gender Equality and Women's Empowerment
Washington, DC, October 2-3, 2007
The symposium aims to re-energize the debate on gender equality in education and accelerate the collective global response to the persistent and emerging challenges that act as a brake on greater equality and empowerment of women.

3rd SEIA Regional Conference on Secondary Education and Training in Africa
Accra, Ghana: April 02-04, 2007
The 3rd SEIA Regional Conference was hosted by the Ghana’s Ministry of Education and was held in Accra, April 02-04, 2007. The overall goal was to disseminate the key messages from the SEIA Synthesis Report and to discuss the country strategies for Secondary Education. The Specific objectives of the 3 rd SEIA Regional Conference were to : 1) discuss with SSA policymakers issues and recommendations relating to the SEIA Synthesis Report; 2) reach consensus with major stakeholders on practical strategic solutions for a sustainable expansion of post-primary education and training in SSA countries in view of economic growth targets; and 3) improve harmonization of donor capacity building for SEIA quality and relevance in view of (a) the renewed focus on Secondary Education and Training; and (b) the effects of EFA-FTI.

UN Girls Education Intiative (UNGEI): Cairo Meeting on the Advancement of Girls’ Education and Early Childhood Care
November 28, 2006
New York, USA, November 28, 2006 – Education officials from Egypt and several other countries joined forces with non-governmental organizations, UN agencies and independent experts at a conference in Cairo to promote early childhood care and put an end to gender disparities in education.

UN Girls Education Intiative (UNGEI), Zimbabwe Launches Ground-Breaking National Girls' Education Strategic Plan, Harare, Zimbabwe
October 18, 2006
The United Nations, in collaboration with the government and civil society, launched a ground-breaking National Girls Education Strategic Plan to increase Zimbabwe’s likelihood of achieving universal primary education and ensuring girls stay in school. The National Girls Education Strategic Plan is Zimbabwe’s first-ever strategic document on girls education. It spells out how to provide quality basic education while keeping girls, orphans and vulnerable children in school, in the face of economic hardships and challenges, particularly in the context of HIV/AIDS.

UNESCO, Gender in Education Network in Asia (GENIA) meeting
Tashkent, Uzbekistan: 16-18 October, 2006
From 16-18 October, 2006 members of the Gender in Education Network in Asia (GENIA) from eight countries in East, South and South-East Asia met in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The meeting provided opportunity to identify critical issues disadvantaging girls and/or boys within education systems, and to plan for a systematic assessment of these concerns and the realization of the EFA Goal 5 of achieving gender equality by 2015. Education officials involved in the national EFA Mid-Decade Assessment (EFA MDA) also attended the meeting.

World Bank Workshop, Harvesting the Benefits of Girls' Education for the MDGs in Bangladesh
Washington, DC, USA: July 18, 2006
Bangladesh started a program of incentives to encourage girls to attend secondary schools fifteen years ago. The country is now starting to reap the benefits of this investment. After a decade of stagnation, the total fertility rate in Bangladesh took a dip in 2004 (DHS survey). This reduction is a demand-led reduction (as opposed to the earlier program-driven reduction) and driven largely by mothers with secondary schooling whose fertility rates are half of the average. The implication is that as more mothers have secondary education, child malnutrition -- the most stubborn MDG indicator in South Asia -- will be reduced sharply. Similarly, the recent downward dip in fertility after a decade of stagnation is likely to be sustained as the proportion of secondary-educated mothers increases among women of child-bearing age.

Workshop on Girls' Education
Hammamet, Tunisia: September 15-16, 2005
This workshop was organized by the Policy and Review Department (POPR) in partnership with the Poverty Reduction and Sustainable Development Unit (PSDU) of the ADB with the participation of resource persons from the Forum of African Women Educationists (FAWE), the Islamic Organization for Education and Science (ISESCO), UNESCO, and the World Bank, most of whom are members of the United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI).

The UN Millennium Summit, New York, USA
September 14-16, 2005
In September 2005, the United Nations held a high-level plenary meeting to review progress in fulfillment of commitments contained in the UN Millennium Declaration. The UN Millennium Declaration was adopted by 150 Heads of States at the UN Millennium Summit in September 2000. The Millennium +5 Summit undertook a comprehensive review of the progress made towards the commitments articulated in the United Nations Millennium Declaration, including the internationally agreed development goals and the global partnership required for their achievement. In addition, the event reviewed the progress made in the integrated and coordinated implementation of the outcomes and commitments of the major United Nations conferences and summits in the economic, social and related fields.

UNGEI Meeting
Paris, France: July 15-16, 2005
The United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI) was launched in April 2000 at the World Education Forum in Dakar by United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan. Its goal is to narrow the gender gap in primary and secondary education by 2005 and to ensure that by 2015, all children complete primary schooling, with girls and boys having equal access to all levels of education. UNICEF is the lead agency and Secretariat for UNGEI. A Global Advisory Committee (GAC) is composed of key partners, including the World Bank, who share in the planning, decision-making, guidance and accountability of UNGEI. The GAC will meet in Paris, France, in July 2005.

Dakar +5 EFA Framework: Review of the Implementation of the EFA Framework for Action in Africa
Dakar, Senegal, June 13-15 2005
The international goal of Education For All (EFA) was given a new vitality at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, in April 2000. The Dakar Framework for Action, adopted by the Forum, laid out a set of goals and strategies for achieving EFA. Specifically, it defined six goals for the international community to achieve by 2015. It also reaffirmed the right to education as a fundamental human right.

Five years after the Dakar Forum, it seems imperative to look back at educational development and change in Africa. Data is being collected and analyzed. National, regional and sub-regional status reports are being put together. National EFA plans have started to be implemented. The year 2005 provides a unique opportunity to assess the extent to which progress is being made on the Dakar commitments; to review successful policies and practices; to review, in particular, the overall performance in achieving universal completion of primary schooling; to identify existing problems and constraints while proposing interventions that have been proven to work, with a view to moving forward the educational development of the continent.

Brown Bag Lunch: “The Power and Promise of Girls’ Education, State of the World’s Mother, Save the Children
June 7, 2005
Chloe O’Gara, Director of Education for Save the Children presented the State of the World’s Mothers 2005 report that looks at girls’ education as a proven investment in economic and social development. The report presents a first-ever Girls’ Education Progress Report, which ranks 71 developing countries in terms of their success or failure in educating girls. As in previous years, State of the World’s Mothers 2005 presents a Mothers’ Index. Using the latest data on health, nutrition, education and political participation, the Index ranks over 100 countries to show where mothers fare best and where they face the greatest hardship.

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