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2015-Education for All Global Monitoring Report Launched
Apr 14, 2015

Ministry for Human Resource Development, India recently launched The 2015 Education for All (EFA) Global Monitoring Report (GMR) in collaboration with the UNESCO GMR in New Delhi. 

  • This is the first international launch of the GMR report outside of Paris and New York.

  • The 2015 Global Monitoring Report is the 12th and the concluding in the series and is aptly based on the theme ‘Education for All 2000-2015; achievements and challenges.

  • In a brief video address by the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon called upon the nations to harness the power of education to build a better future for all. 

  • Director GMR presented the key finding of the report highlighted the unfinished EFA agenda. He also indicated at the progressive gains made in reducing the out of school children, increased enrolment at the primary level and encouraging trends in participation of the girl child. 

  • India highlighted the strides made by it in reducing the out of school children and achieving gender parity at elementary level thereby contributing to the global progress in the EFA goals.

  • India also elaborated on the recent measures taken by the government in harnessing technology for extending quality education and using education as a means pillar for nation’s character building. 

  • Nobel laureate 2014 Kailash Satyarthi focused on the issue of the challenge of reaching out to the most marginalized children. 

  • High level Steering Committee for the UN Secretary General’s Global Education First Initiative shed light on the rising aspirations of youth viz-a-viz education and the need of national governments to keep pace with the same. 

  • Vice Chancellor of National University for Educational Planning and Administration elaborated on the India’s progress towards the EFA and steps to meet newer challenges in India. 

The launch event also included an exhibition put together by the National Council of Education Research and Training (NCERT) entitled Shaping the Future Education Agenda.

India in the Report

  • India is likely to reach the EFA’s first goal of 80 per cent enrolment in pre-primary education by 2015, has already reached the second goal of universal primary enrolment, and will fall just short of universal youth literacy by 2015.

  • India has made remarkable strides towards ensuring education for all. While access is now close to universal, the quality of education remains a major challenge. 

  • Improvements in early childhood education, universal primary education, the huge reduction in out-of-school children and gender equality are big achievements for India, a country where more than 220 million children are in schools.

  • The one measurable goal India will not reach is to reduce its adult illiteracy rate by half (it has reduced it by 26 per cent). 

  • Women represent the majority of illiterate adults with 68 per cent of illiterate adults in India being women.

  • Of the 781 million illiterate adults worldwide, 265 million are Indians.

  • India is predicted to be the only country in South and West Asia to have an equal ratio of girls to boys in both primary and secondary education.

  • It has also made progress towards improving the quality of education, but major gaps remain.

  • While India’s education system succeeded in enrolling many more children, there were wide disparities in students’ achievement of basic skills across the States, a finding validated in the official National Achievement Survey of Class 3 students.

  • The efficiency of public spending in India comes in for criticism, as does the expansion of contract teaching jobs in public schools. 

  • The report says 32 per cent of the countries, including India, are still very far from achieving adult literacy.


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