Education for all: 2012 update from UNESCO

The 10th edition of the Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report is now available.  This year’s theme is Youth and Skills: Putting Education to Work.

According to summary materials about the report: It examines how skills development programs can be improved to boost young people’s opportunities for decent jobs and better lives. Many young people around the world, especially the disadvantaged, leave school without the skills they need to thrive in society and find decent jobs. As well as thwarting young people’s hopes, these education failures jeopardize equitable economic growth and social cohesion, and prevent  many countries from reaping the potential benefits of their growing youth populations.

Nonetheless, it states in the section on gender inequalities in primary education:

Considerable progress has been made in reducing gender disparities in primary education over the past decade, but several countries still have a long way to go. They have not only missed the deadline that was set for 2005, but are in danger of missing an extended deadline of 2015. The reasons for girls’ disadvantage vary, but new analysis prepared for this Report indicates that the biggest obstacle for girls in the countries furthest from achieving gender parity is entering school in the first place (p. 75).

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