Experts meet in Gambia on education of girls

Lagos, Nigeria (PANA) - A four-day meeting of regional experts on education of girls and other vulnerable children is scheduled to start on Tuesday in Banjul, the capital of Gambia, under the auspices of the ECOWAS Girls’ education Programme.

The programme is part of ECOWAS’ efforts to promote universal access to quality education and training opportunities as well as harmonise admission criteria into educational and training institutes in member states, the ECOWAS Commission said in a statement obtained by PANA here Monday.

The ECOWAS Girls’ education Programme is designed to strengthen the operational capacities of national structures for the promotion of girls’ education by improving access, retention and completion.

The Banjul forum will also propose a mechanism for enhancing the inclusion of children, who account for more than half of the population of school age children,  into formal education for the timely realization of Education For All (EFA) and the Millennium Development Goals.

The meeting, the third of its kind, will document member states report on policies, programmes, initiatives and activities for education of the girl child and other vulnerable children.

The expected outcome of the meeting will be incorporated in the ECOWAS priority programme of Education of Girls and other vulnerable children, which will be used for advocacy, sensitisation and resource mobilisation within the frame work of MDG and EFA goals and the African Union plan of action for the second decade of education 2006-2015.
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15 april 2013 13:27:43

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