Discussing a range of issues affecting education

Preparatory meeting of the Economic and Social Council on the theme “Meeting the Internationally Agreed Goals and Commitments with regards to Education” will take place in New York on 28 April

In line with the Council’s recent emphasis on giving voice to people with a direct stake in its debates and policy recommendations, it will hear the views of a range of stakeholders, including young people and students, UN system and academic experts on education, practitioners and the general public.

A range of issues affecting education, including access, innovation, quality and its relevance for capacity building, poverty reduction and sustainable development will be discussed. The meeting will also highlight some innovative solutions that are currently being tried by various governments and other stakeholders and that could be replicated or scaled up in other countries and regions.

The meeting will be divided into two parts. The first will feature a reporting back on the outcome of a Facebook e-discussion on “Building a future for today’s youth: improving access to education”, and a presentation on the results of the UN Development Group’s MDG-Net forum e-discussion on “Education: Closing the Gap”. The former will feature brief summaries by the discussion moderators from the five geographical regions of the world and the latter will present a short summary of the discussion on the themes of quality, access and innovation in education.

The second part of the meeting will be a panel discussion on “Removing barriers to education: What’s new and notable”, which will feature brief presentations by expert panelists, followed by an interactive discussion.

For more information: http://www.un.org/en/ecosoc/newfunct/amr2011.shtml

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