Wednesday, March 24, 2010

South Asian representatives meet for educational development

Bringing together the parliamentarians from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, and Sri Lanka for a conference on education - organized by UNESCO at New Delhi in collaboration with the Union Ministry of Human Resource Development (HRD), the World Bank, UNDP, and UNICEF is to be held on March 24 and 25, 2010 with the HRD minister Kapil Sibal, inaugurating the event. As part of a more synergetic approach towards educational development, this conference aims to strengthen cooperation between UNESCO, the parliamentarians and other partners in South Asia, to create a broader and sounder platform for educational development in the region. This would provide the parliamentarians with the space to generate awareness on the challenges facing educational development and highlight policies and strategies needed to expand the scope of education in the region, in terms of both accessibility and quality.

'Education for all' (EFA), as an international development goal, requires a collective approach, and the political commitment and backing of the parliamentarians in these countries would be a significant step towards making EFA a reality for the developing world. Representatives from these countries will discuss the situation of education in their own country and are expected to develop a collaborative approach towards consolidating a stronger, informed, and more interactive role for the parliamentarians in educational development.

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