Girls, Too

23 April 2008 - Girls Too! Issue No. 18 - Global Action Week 2008

Issue No. 18, 23 April 2008
Global Action Week 2008
Shakira is the honorary chairperson for GAW
Shakira is the honorary chair of Global Action Week for the Global Campaign for Education.

Statement by Cheryl Gregory Faye, Head of UNGEI Secretariat, on the occasion of Global Action Week 2008

NEW YORK, 22 April 2008 – This year, Global Action Week focuses on the theme 'Quality Education to End Exclusion'. This theme recognizes the need for quality education for children everywhere, in school and out. Ensuring a quality education includes identifying the social, economic and environmental needs of the child in order to provide a space for better learning and care.

We know that quality education is a critical component of achieving gender equality. Girls who receive a quality education are more empowered, better prepared to protect themselves against violence, abuse, exploitation and trafficking, and less vulnerable to disease.

We also know that the majority of the millions of girls who are not attending school around the world often suffer from multiple discriminations, particularly when they are members of groups that are socially marginalized or excluded in the countries where they live.

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Upcoming events
21-25 Apr – FTI Donors Technical meeting, Tokyo

21-29 Apr –GCE’s Global Action Week, ‘Quality Education to End Exclusion’

5-9 May –Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) Bienniale, Maputo

11 May –Roundtable Discussion on Education Strategies for Children of Conflict, Washington, D.C.

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Quick facts: Education

•Worldwide, 1 in 5 primary age girls are not in school.

• Worldwide, more children are out of school than the total number of primary school aged children in Western Europe and the USA combined.

• To achieve universal primary education by 2015, all children need to have started school by 2009.


Where Peace Begins

Where Peace Begins
Education’s role in conflict prevention and peacebuilding - A report that addresses the impact of conflict on children and their education

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In Focus

UNESCO Online Discussion Forum: Open from 1–30 April, the forum is a place to discuss this year's GAW theme, ‘Quality Education to End Exclusion’

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