On 4 March, the Opetusalan Ammattijärjestö (OAJ), one of EI’s national affiliates, attended a meeting coordinated by the Finnish Minister for Development Cooperation, Pekka Haavisto, and also attended by other trade unions and NGOs, to discuss development cooperation issues. The main discussion theme was education and the post-2015 global development agenda.
“Which government is prepared to tell a girl that she will never be able to go to school, and neither will her children or her grandchildren, but, if she is very lucky, her great-grandchild might be the first girl of her family to go to school?” asked EI President Susan Hopgood. She was one of the panellists at a side event to the 58th Session of the UN Commission on the Status of Women (UNCSW58) on 10 March 2014 that focused on putting girls’ education at the heart of the post-2015 agenda.
The 2015 Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR) will provide a definitive assessment of overall progress at the national, regional and global level toward the six EFA goals that were established in Dakar, Senegal, in 2000. EI strongly encourages its affiliates to participate in this consultation.
EI has released its statement to mark International Women’s Day (IWD) 2014 on 8th March. EI affiliates are encouraged to use this statement in their own IWD communications and in connection with EI’s global campaign Unite for Quality Education.
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