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Central Asian Education Forum set for June 2005

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Schoolgirls in Tajikistan

Dushanbe, 5 May, 2005 – The Central Asian Republics and Kazakhstan (CARK) Education Forum will be held in Tajikistan from 6 to 8 June, 2005.

Around 120 delegates from all five countries –
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – will meet at the Forum in Puguz, near the capital Dushanbe. This is the first time that the Forum has been held in Tajikistan.

The CARK Education Forum is an annual meeting of representatives from Ministries of Education across the sub-region and from international organizations working to achieve the goal of Education for All agreed at the World Conference on Education for All in Jomtien, Thailand in 1990, and reaffirmed at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal in 2000.  

“Access to quality education is a serious concern in relation to education reform in Tajikistan, said Yukie Mokuo, UNICEF Representative in Tajikistan. “Tajikistan may not achieve the Millennium Development Goals for education without synchronized efforts by the Government and all international organizations. This is especially important for girls who are at great risk of missing out on compulsory education.”

UNICEF and UNESCO are the major partners of the Ministry of Education in organizing the CARK Education Forum in Tajikistan, in cooperation with GTZ, World Bank and USAID.

The main objectives of the Forum:

... To maintain the momentum generated by previous CARK Education Fora, and to  ensure systematic and continuous follow up of global education commitments in the CARK sub-region

... to examine the current education reform processes in the sub-region, develop partnerships with international agencies and NGOs and to foster inter–country collaboration and exchanges for achievement of Education for all by the year 2015

... to broaden understanding of and commitment to a child right to quality basic education in the context of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Education for All, A World Fit For Children and the Millennium Development Goals.

Participants in the CARK Education Forum will focus on Quality and Access to Education through Reform Processes. Participants will also discuss such issues as education reform experiences, as well as global and Central Asian education priorities. The Tajikistan Deputy Minister of Education will lead a thematic working group on Girl’s Education, a top priority for Tajikistan, at the Forum.

With the support of UNICEF, the first CARK Education Forum website has been created, enabling Ministries of Education in the five Central Asian countries to exchange opinions and information:

“UNICEF will continue to support the Government of Tajikistan in its efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals and the Education for All Goals,” says Mokuo. “Personally from my side, I am joining my hopes to the hopes of all Tajik children, that they will all have access to a good quality education so that they can reach their full potential on life.”

Previous CARK Education Fora have taken place in Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan.


Millennium Development Goal Number 2:

Achieve universal primary education

The six Dakar goals
... expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children;
...  ensuring that by 2015 all children, particularly girls, children in difficult circumstances and those belonging to ethnic minorities, have access to and complete free and compulsory primary education of good quality;
...  ensuring that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and life-skills programmes;
...  achieving a 50 per cent improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015, especially for women, and equitable access to basic and continuing education for all adults;
...  eliminating gender disparities in primary and secondary education by 2005, and achieving gender equality in education by 2015, with a focus on ensuring girls' full and equal access to and achievement in basic education of good quality;
...  improving all aspects of the quality of education and ensuring excellence of all so that recognised and measurable learning outcomes are achieved by all, especially in literacy, numeracy and essential life skills. 

For more information: 

Fakhrinisso Kurbonshoeva, Communication Officer, UNICEF Tajikistan: Tel: (+ 992 372) 218196.



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