Muscat: Progress made so far to achieve the six Education For All (EFA) goals endorsed by the Education Forum of Dakar 2000 will be discussed at the Global Education for All Meeting (GEM) scheduled to begin in Muscat on May 12.
Being hosted by the Sultanate of Oman, represented by the Ministry of Education, in collaboration with Unesco, the event that will conclude on May 14 will be attended by about 300 participants.
The participants represent 50 delegations and are led by the ministers of education, EFA sponsoring agencies, the Global Partnership for Education, multilateral and bilateral agencies, United Nations and regional organisations, teaching profession groups, civil society organisations, EFA Flagships, representatives from the private sector, and research institutes and foundations.
"The importance of this meeting lies in the fact that it is the last meeting before the Global Meeting of the World Education Forum to be held in Korea in 2015," said Mohammed Saleem Al Yaqoubi, Secretary of the Oman National Commission for Education, Culture and Science, and the National Coordinator for EFA.
"The GEM aims at discussing and analysing the progress made so far to achieve the six EFA goals endorsed by the Education Forum of Dakar 2000, as part of the EFA Initiative, when it was agreed to exert all efforts and endeavours to achieve these goals by 2015," Al Yaqoubi said.
"During this meeting, participants will discuss the 2013-2014 EFA Global Monitoring Report (GMR), regional reports and other documents as well as identify the challenges in the way of progress. The GEM will also exchange ideas on the objectives of education for the period after 2015.
"These objectives will be subject to the approval of the 2015 World Education Forum in Korea. This meeting in Muscat will also witness exchange of opinions and proposals regarding a strategy aimed at placing education within an international educational development plan for the period after the year 2015," Al Yaqoubi further added.
On the meeting's structure, the National Coordinator for EFA said: "The GEM will consist of a ministerial-level meeting, a meeting of senior officials and a forum of parallel sessions organised by the participating governments and other partners to discuss three key themes."