Some 40 global leaders attended the Tenth Meeting of the High-Level Group (HLG) on Education for All (EFA) from 22 to 24 March in Jomtien, Thailand. Jomtien was the site of the historical 1990 World Conference on Education where the EFA movement was launched. Two decades on, the aim of providing quality basic education for all children, youth and adults remains a major challenge.
Excerpt from the Statement: 7. We can no longer turn a blind eye to the urgent need to protect education in conflict-affected and disaster-affected countries. Schools are targeted by combatants, and schoolchildren, especially girls, and female teachers, are particularly vulnerable in violent conflict situations. More effective monitoring systems in regard to human rights violations affecting education are required. Education can also play a significant part in building peace in fragile contexts when it communicates tolerance and mutual respect. We therefore appeal to the international community to support education in conflict situations and fragile contexts as an integral part of humanitarian assistance and reconstruction, and to give it far greater priority in financing requests and delivery.
Read about the meeting and download the statement here.