Kazakh capital to host UNICEF and UNESCO-backed Education Forum
ASTANA, 22 June 2007 - Kazakhstan’s capital Astana will host the 6th Central Asian Forum on Education on 26-28 June 2007. The Kazakh Ministry of Education and Science is organizing the Forum with the support from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The Forum has been held on a rotation basis for six years, and it is the turn of Kazakhstan to host it this year.
The Forum will hear reports by member-states on the mid-term evaluation of the 10 years of the implementation of the Education for All (EFA) global programme and discuss further cooperation between the Central Asian countries on education as part of the programme. Delegates will assess the progress achieved in carrying out the tasks and objectives announced at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal’s capital, in April 2000.
At the Dakar World Forum participants had pledged to achieve tasks and objectives by 2015 within the framework of the EFA programme. The programme includes the expansion and improvement of measures on looking after infants and their upbringing, especially those who are socially vulnerable and growing in poor families; the impovement of the quality of education, in particular, of the children with special needs; providing compulsory education for all children; providing equal opportunities for young people to access education programmes and acquiring life skills; and achieving universal literacy.
The Forum participants will discuss issues of enhancing the efficiency of the work on implementing the EFA programme and come up with recommendations to overcome problems and speed up the progress to achieve the EFA tasks.
Deputy Ministers and representatives of education and science ministries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, representatives of UNESCO, UNICEF, UNDP, non-governmental organizaitons specializing in education and other international and donor organizations and experts will take part in the Forum. The Education Ministry of Turkmenistan, which hosted and worked on the 2006 forum, will officially pass on the Forum flag to the Kazakh Education and Science Ministry to represent the continuity of the mission.