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UNGEI Calls for Increase in Investments to Educate Girls, Especially in Conflict

3 February 2011. A two-day meeting of the UNGEI Global Advisory Committee concluded in Paris, France, on Tuesday with a call to the world community to continue its investments in educating girls.

Recalling that gender equality is at the heart of quality learning, the Committee stressed the importance of gender-responsive teaching and learning, coupled with an enabling, protective and safe learning environment for girls and boys throughout their life cycle, from early childhood to lifelong learning.

Focusing on the theme of the 2011 Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report, education and conflict, the Committee’s Co-Chair Nitya Rao of the Asia South Pacific Association for Basic and Adult Education noted that conflict remains a threat to educational gains, especially for girls. “As an integral part of humanitarian response, gender-responsive education serves to promote peace and empower communities to prevent gender-based violence and provide psycho-social support,” said Dr. Rao.

Noting that sustainable and gender-responsive resource allocation is vital to the future of EFA, the Committee’s Co-Chair Malin Elisson of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency urged the use of a “gender lens” to analyse trends in both resources and costs. “We underscore the usefulness of gender reviews of national budgets to support targeted initiatives to improve the participation of girls and vulnerable groups,” explained Ms. Elisson.

The Committee’s recommendations are being submitted to the EFA High Level Group that will meet in Jomtien, Thailand, in March and will form the basis of UNGEI’s advocacy throughout 2011.

 

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