23 July 2003
Global EFA Week is already well established in the countries of Central Asia, with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan participating for the third time in the 2003 Global EFA Week celebration, and the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office providing proactive support and input in close cooperation with local government bodies.
“Global EFA Week” is a yearly celebration held on the anniversary of the World Education Forum that was held in Dakar, Senegal in April of 2000. The UNESCO theme for Global EFA Week this year was, “All for Girls’ Education,” a reminder of the goals set by EFA Week for 2015. Dakar Goal No.5 and Millennium Development Goal No.3 focus on eliminating gender disparities in primary and secondary education by 2005. Accordingly, Global EFA Week this year focused on closing the gender gap in education. With 2005 just around the corner, Global EFA Week acted to urge governments, the international community and the people of the world to accelerate their efforts toward eliminating gender disparities.
In all three countries, roundtable discussions on the subject were held and local news media were invited to press conferences. ASP Net schools were involved in at least one of the activities. In addition, the UN Literacy Decade was launched as a part of EFA Week activities. Since the theme of this year is “Building Momentum to Eliminate Gender Disparities by 2005”, issues of girls’ education and gender equality in education were continuously discussed.
Permanent link: http://en.unesco.kz/education-for-all-week-in-central-asia