Equal Opportunities: UNESCO director general, Irina Bokova, recently called on governments, the private sector and civil society to accelerate and scale up their efforts to provide quality education for the girl child.
Speaking at the second annual Global Education, Bolovo said “In 2011, there were 31 million girls still out of school, of whom 55% are expected never to enroll”, and that “women still represent two-thirds of the world’s 774 million illiterate adults.”
He rightly pointed that no society can develop using just 50% of its human capital. He further added on adding to the value of Girl education that “This is a waste of talent and human ingenuity that no society can afford,”
At a plenary session devoted to new partnerships for girls’ and women’s education, the Bokova encouraged business leaders present to join UNESCO’s Global Partnership for Girls’ Education. This initiative, launched in 2011, is aimed at enhancing the transition to secondary education and literacy by aggregates several government, private sector and non-governmental organisations to provide girls and women in under-privileged urban and rural areas in Africa and Asia with education and learning opportunities.
“To make a real difference, we must scale up our efforts exponentially. Our actions must measure up to our ambitions. This requires greater engagement from all sectors,” said Bokova.
The Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, organised by UNESCO and the UAE Ministry of Education, GEMS Education, the Varkey GEMS Foundation and Dubai Cares, in support of the United Nations Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative. This year’s edition was attended by more than 1,000 representatives of government, leading non-governmental organisations, business leaders and academia.