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Recession has significant effect on education: UNESCO

Last Updated: Monday, January 11, 2010 - 20:21

New Delhi: The global financial crisis has had a significant effect on education, particularly in Least Developed Countries where rates of drop-outs have increased, a top UNESCO official said on Monday, terming it a cause of worry.

The UN Educational Scientific and Research Organisation
(UNESCO), the world body`s main arm dealing with education, will come out with a global monitoring report next week that will highlight effects of the economic crisis on children.
UNESCO`s new Director General Irina Bokova, who is in India on her first official visit, said on Monday there was a need to focus anew on the problem.

"It`s an important report because it focuses on effects of the global crisis on education of children. UNESCO is worried that in some parts of the world, particularly the LDCs and the most vulnerable nations, cases of school drop-outs have increased," Bokova told reporters here.

She said given the importance of education and the issue of marginalisation, UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon, had for the first time agreed to preside over the release of the report in order to give out a "strong political message".
Bokova, the first woman Director General of UNESCO who is in New Delhi to strengthen collaboration with the government and academic institutions in India, also expressed concern over negative fallouts of the financial crisis on girls. "There is also an alarming tendency of girls not being sent to school or dropping out... and this has much to do with increase in financial loss for education," Bokova said.

She said the focus of the report is to generate a strong advocacy for education to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of education for all.

"Our focus is to appeal, not only to the donors, but also to national governments to seek partnerships in the field of education," Bokova said, pointing out that the world body`s focus will be the LDCs and the countries who have faced severe difficulties in complying with the MDGs.

The top UN official, said for countries like India, which has had "real success" in reaching out to the education goals "our focus for the year will be on greater inclusiveness".


First Published: Monday, January 11, 2010 - 20:21

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