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Action and investment needed to universalize education: UNICEF

What: UNICEF to participate in the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Second Replenishment Pledging Conference 2015-2018, hosted by the European Union.

When: 26 June 2014

Who: UNICEF global education experts are available for interview at the conference:

• Jo Bourne, Associate Director of Education
• Rosangela Berman Bieler, Senior Adviser, Children with Disabilities 
• Jordan Naidoo, Senior Education Specialist
• Pia Britto, Senior Adviser, Early Childhood Development

Where: Brussels

Why: In 2014, more children are in school around the world than ever before. But despite good efforts, as many as 250 million children either do not reach grade 4, or do so without learning how to read, write or do basic math.  The Second Replenishment is intended to summon resources and political will towards the goal of giving all boys and girls in the poorest countries access to school and learning. The conference will focus on the role of education in the post-2015 agenda and to the strategic challenges the education sector is facing: equity in education, quality and learning; systems strengthening; and education in emergencies and fragile contexts.

Recent data show that progress in making education truly universal and inclusive, and the investment required to do so, has stalled precisely for the children who need it most.

UNICEF promotes the rights and wellbeing of every child, in everything we do. Together with our partners, we work in 190 countries and territories to translate that commitment into practical action, focusing special effort on reaching the most vulnerable and excluded children, to the benefit of all children, everywhere. For more information about UNICEF at its work, visit: www.unicef.org
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For more information, or to arrange an interview, please contact:

Rebekkah Opfermann, UNICEF Brussels, Tel: +32 2 513 2251; Mobile: +32 492 93 37 43; ropfermann@unicef.org
Georgina Thompson, UNICEF New York, Tel: +1 212 326 4576, Mobile: +1 917 775 3874, gthompson@unicef.org  





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