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20 Years Jomtien: Education for All

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Some 40 global leaders met at the 10th Meeting of the High-Level Group (HLG) on Education for All (EFA) from 22 to 24 March in Jomtien, Thailand.

The meeting was co-organized by UNESCO and the Kingdom of Thailand, with the latter also serving as host. The 2011 HLG meeting was based on new statistics and research findings from the 2011 Global Monitoring Report (launched on 1 March in New York), the UNESCO Institute for Statistics data and regional reports on EFA progress from 1990-2010. Participants also revisited the original Jomtien vision of meeting basic learning needs, as well as reviewed progress towards the six EFA goals adopted in Dakar in 2000.

The Dakar goals brought a sharper focus to the EFA movement and their adoption was followed by significant progress. However, many countries are still struggling to meet the 2015 deadline for achieving them. For this reason, the HLG was expected to identify strategic and operational initiatives to address remaining challenges. Countries were urged to revive political commitment to EFA and scale up efforts to tackle key education issues between now and 2015.  

The Eleventh Meeting of the Working Group on EFA took place on 2-3 February 2011 at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris. The outcomes of this meeting serves to guide and inform the direction of the 10th Meeting of the High Level Group on EFA.

Participation is limited and by invitation only.

Draft Agenda (PDF/146KB)
Concept Note (PDF/50KB)

EFA Global Monitoring Report 2011
Summary of Progress Towards Education for All 

Regional Reports:
Arab States (PDF/2.4MB)
Asia and the Pacific (PDF/602KB)
Latin America and the Caribbean (PDF/400KB)

Key Documents:
World Declaration on Education for All: Meeting Basic Learning Needs
The Dakar Framework for Action: Education for All: meeting our collective commitments


Related links

High Level Group on EFA
UNESCO HQ - 20 years on - Jomtien hosts high level group on EFA
High level group on EFA will urge redoubled support to education
Jomtien Declaration


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