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Turkmenistan will host the 5th CARK Education Forum to Achieve Education for All Goals

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A small girl in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan.

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, 5 May 2006 – The Government of Turkmenistan will host the Regional Education Forum on 12-15 June 2006 in Ashgabat.  The Forum with a theme “Moving Forward to Achieve Education for All Goals” will bring together national policymakers, technical experts and programme planners in education of the five Central Asian countries to identify, discuss and debate on priority issues in education in the region.

One of the key issues to be discussed in the Forum is the challenge of monitoring the progress that each of the country in Central Asia –Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan - has made with regards to their commitment to the Education for All (EFA) Goals.  The discussion will focus on key topics that will contribute to the achievement of the EFA goals such as reducing disparities, ensuring the gender equality, and overcoming challenges in early childhood education. The EFA Mid-Decade Assessment will be also high on Forum’s agenda.

Established in 2000, the CARK Education Forum is a regional institutional mechanism by which the five Central Asian states follow up on the commitments they made to the World Education Forum on achievement of EFA goals by all countries.  The first CARK Education Forum was held in Kazakhstan in 2002 and focused on life skills-based education.  This was followed by Kyrgyzstan in 2003 on the theme of adult education and in Uzbekistan in 2004 with discussion revolving around the theme of managing Education Information System. Forum in 2005 took place on Tajikistan focusing on education quality. 


For further information, please contact:
Ms. Gulyalek Soltanova
UNICEF Communication Officer
Phone: +99312 425681/82/86/86
Fax: +99312 420830



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