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UNESCO to launch Global Action Week 2008


Paris : UNESCO will hold here starting April 21 a series of events celebrating Global Action Week, which will emphasize the importance of inclusive education as the only way to achieve Education for All, which is the Organizations absolute priority.

Among the week-long events, UNESCO will be taking part in the “Worlds Biggest Lesson,” which is organized by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), in an attempt to break the Guinness World Records. Also million of learners and stakeholders in education from all over the world will be taking part in this event.

On this occasion, the Director General of UNESCO, Koichiro Matsuura said in a statement that “Global Action Week offers us an opportunity to highlight an unacceptable situation that is slowing progress towards the provision of education for all.” He added that it also “provides an opportunity to signal clearly what needs to be done to address issues of marginalization and exclusion.” According to the Organization, about 72 million children are still not enrolled in school despite real progress that has been achieved since 2000 towards universal primary education.

UNESCO has constantly called on governments to identify children likely to stay out of school and those who are not reaching minimum mastery of the curriculum.

The Organization has also stressed the importance of adopting strategies for inclusive education, as it respects the learners gender, cultural and linguistic identity.

Inclusive education, which was adopted at the World Conference on Special Needs Education in 1994, can be adjusted to meet individual needs so that all can benefit from a commonly accepted basic level of quality education.