Education needs work - UN

2012-10-16 15:43

Johannesburg - More needs to be done to improve education and skills development by 2015, a United Nations adviser said in Soweto on Tuesday.

"There is still much to be done by 2015. Governments, aid donors and private sector need to be rallied in order to achieve these Education for All (EFA) goals," said Amina Mohammed, adviser to UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon.

Mohammed was speaking at the launch of the 2012 global monitoring report by he United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (Unesco).

The report found that over 56 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24 in sub-Saharan Africa did not have primary school education and lacked basic skills for employment.

Although there was significant progress in some regions, few were on track to meet the EFA goals.

The EFA goals, set in 2000 by Unesco, comprises six areas of education that need urgent attention and improvement by 2015.

The global financial crisis and the state of countries in conflict had a negative impact on the plan.

"We need to advocate our leaders, presidents and chiefs to work more on the future of the children and youth... we have three years left to do so."

  • beryl.knipe - 2012-10-16 15:52

    When the "United" nations is able to UNITE nations THEN let their cronies come and give others advice - on ANYTHING!

  • Andrea - 2012-10-16 16:07

    Leave it up to Africa time and 2.5 yrs from now some serious tenders will be going out.

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-10-16 16:10

    Now why on earth do we need someone like "N"UN to tell SA what we "white" brethren have been trying to tell this Government all along for free?

  • deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-16 16:15

    Step 1 should be done by parents and teachers: Keep children in school, too many drop outs. It should be a crime to not go to school under 16 years of age.

  • clive.kihn - 2012-10-16 17:06

    Yes, they are right, but there's nothing THEY can do about it, is there? Begs the question: if our education is in such poor shape - which we all know it is - why did the UN appoint our semi-literate and clueless president to an education panel?

  • Krishna - 2012-10-16 17:38

    The IFP has always maintanied education NOW, freedom later. What a pathetic state of affairs, that AFTER 1994- There are plans underway to build the FIRST UNIVERSITY POST APARTHEID!!!! SHAME ON EVERY MINISTER EVER IN THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. Disgusting to the core!!!! God save our country and youth, cause currently the ruling government has FAILED FULLY,TOTALLY and COMPLETELY!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • steven.m.armour - 2012-10-16 18:00

    Education in this country doesn't need work it needs a blerry miracle

  • david.makola.3 - 2012-10-16 19:51

    The best way to go about this is infrasture developmeny, no child of SA should be taking lessons under a Marula tree, not after 18 years of the so called democracy. Then perhaps we can start talking. I do not mind all these taxes, as long as I know where my money is going. After 18 years of democracy education is still a privilage in our country and it is sickening...

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