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The State of the World's Children 2004

Press summary

It has been one year since UNICEF launched the ‘25 by 2005 Girls’ Education Campaign’ to accelerate efforts to eliminate gender disparities in primary and secondary education. The campaign focuses on countries where girls’ education faces significant challenges and where substantial assistance will be required to meet the Millennium Development Goal of gender parity by 2005.

In her report, The State of the World’s Children 2004, Carol Bellamy, the organization’s Executive Director, calls for a human rights-based, multisectoral approach to development that will ensure girls an education, meet the commitments of the international community to education for all children, maximize benefits for families and nations alike and help achieve many other of the world’s major development goals.

What follows is a summary of the major issues presented in the report.

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