ABOUT THE MEETINGThe United Nations Girls' Education Initiative (UNGEI), an EFA flagship initiative led by UNICEF in partnership with other United Nations Agencies, governments, donor countries, non-governmental organizations, civil society, the private sector, and communities, will hold a Technical Consultation linked to the 5th meeting of the High-Level Group on Education For All in Beijing, People's Republic of China , 26-27 November 2005.
On the occasion of the Consultation and following EFA High-Level Group meeting, UNICEF will launch t he Gender Achievements and Prospects in Education or GAP report. The GAP report, a multimedia project, is more than a wake-up call. Building on what people who work in development and education know and understand, it is designed to assess progress towards universal primary education, highlight innovations, identify obstacles, generate discussion and give guidance. GAP begins at the point of agreed upon and established assessments and ends with a concrete action plan. It focuses on the challenge to get all children – girls as well as boys – into school, or know why they are not.
Participants in the UNGEI Technical Consultation will include Ministers of Education from Africa, East Asia, Central Asia, Arab States, and South America, as well as heads of UN agencies and civil society and experts on Girls' and Women's Education and Literacy.
Clock strikes midnight on promise by governments
Building a just society through gender equality
NEW YORK, USA, 25 November 2005 – The world has failed in an important step towards achieving educational equality for girls this year; forty-six countries will not meet international goals for gender parity in schools set for 2005.