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2011 REGIONAL MEETING FOR AFRICA ON EDUCATION AND THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS

The ECOSOC 2011 Annual Ministerial Review Africa Regional Meeting on the theme “The right to Education for All in Africa: Reinforcing quality and equity” was held on 12 April 2011 at the Hôtel Eda Oba in Lomé, Togo. The Meeting took place in the context of the African Union Teachers' Conference on "Teacher Professional Development within a Reformed Education System in Africa", from 13-15 April.

The Meeting was co-organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), in cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNCIEF) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), in collaboration with the Government of Togo. The meeting is part of the preparatory process for the 2011 Annual Ministerial Review on “Implementing the internationally agreed goals and commitments in regard to education”.

Ministers of Education and a broad cross section of regional stakeholders have gathered to discuss trends, challenges, and policies and programmes on education in Africa and their impact on the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. Panellists and experts examined approaches to improve equity and inclusiveness in education, and to advance its quality. They also addressed ways to use universal primary education as a powerful driver to eradicate poverty, reduce child and maternal mortality, promote gender equality, and ensure sustainable development. A special session showcased best practices and new initiatives from across the region.

For more information on the meeting, please contact Mr. Alberto Padova, Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination, UN/DESA (+1 212 963-4759, padova at un dot org).

 

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