Accra – UNESCO in partnership with UK aid from the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Ministry of Education, Ghana, launched the 2012 Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR) in Accra on November 14, 2012.
The Report, entitled Skills and Jobs: Putting Education to Work, concludes that “The millennium pledge made by international leaders that all children would have a primary education by 2015 is going to be ‘missed by a large margin’.” Ghana was prominently featured in the Report. According to the Report, the number of years of school necessary to guarantee a mastery of basic literacy skills varies from country to country. In Ghana, for instance, over half of women and over one-third of men aged 15 to 29 who had completed six years of school could not read a sentence at all in 2008. A further 28% of the young women and 33% of the young men could only read part of a sentence.
Key partners were engaged in discussions on the findings of the report in relation to Ghana at the launch of the report in Accra. Particularly, round table discussions were held with about 20 participants per each of the six tables discussing issues surrounding the role of the private sector, informal education, quality of education and entrepreneurship.
UNIC Accra facilitated media engagement for this event to ensure that the report received the needed publicity and media attention. Visit UNIC You Tube page to listen to the views of some of the participants at the launch.