Girls Further Away from Education For All
At the World Education Forum 2000 in Dakar, 164 countries, including the United States, signed the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Declaration. That declaration targeted 2015 for six goals, which included ending global poverty and ensuring every child would complete a primary school education regardless of gender. While that disparity has been cut in half since 2000, so much more needs to be done.
Today, of the 125 million out of school globally, 70 percent are girls. Education For All has many challenges, but looking down the short road to 2015, we can’t lose focus of those goals, especially for girls. Beyond health and poverty, there is the cultural divide women face in much of the developing world when it comes to education. That’s where more funding, encouragement, support, and education are needed. Developing and supporting the concept of education as a right for all. Getting girls to school, and keeping them in school, lets them see the power of education. They marry later, add to a skilled work force, and economically help themselves, as well as the country in which they live.
The education for all may seem a lofty goal, but those drawing constant attention to those Millennium goals, as well as continuing to call for action on them, believe that 2015 EFA is attainable. Learn more at UNESCO: Education for the 21st Century.