Draft Platform for Action
B. Unequal access to and inadequate educational opportunities
*Strategic objective B.5. Allocate sufficient resources for educational reforms and monitor implementation

* It is proposed to consider this section in chapters V and VI.

Actions to be taken

86. By Governments:

(a) Provide the required budgetary resources to the educational sector, with reallocation within the educational sector to ensure increased funds for basic education, as appropriate;

(b) Establish a mechanism at appropriate levels to monitor the implementation of educational reforms and measures in relevant ministries, and establish technical assistance programmes, as appropriate, to address issues raised by the monitoring efforts.

87. [By Governments,] [Invite] private and public institutions, foundations, research institutes and non-governmental organizations:

(a) [[to] mobilize additional funds [from organizations in the private sector] [, whenever necessary,] [to meet] [to assist in meeting] the costs of education [for all girls and women with a particular emphasis on under-served populations];]

(b) Provide funding for special programmes, such as programmes in mathematics, science and computer technology, to advance opportunities for all girls and women.

88. By multilateral development institutions, including the World Bank, regional development banks, bilateral donors and foundations [, consider]:

(a) Increase[ing] funding for the education and training needs of girls and women as a priority in development assistance programmes;

(b) [Maintain[ing] or increase[ing] funding levels for education in structural adjustment and economic recovery programmes, including lending and stabilization programmes.]

89. By international and intergovernmental organizations, especially the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), at the global level:

(a) [Monitor progress, using educational indicators generated by national, regional and international bodies, and make Governments accountable for implementing measures to close the gap between women and men in education and training opportunities, and in the levels of achievement in all fields, particularly primary and literacy programmes];

(b) Provide technical assistance upon request to developing countries to strengthen the capacity to monitor progress in closing the gap between women and men in education, training and research, and in levels of achievement in all fields, particularly basic education and elimination of illiteracy;

(c) Conduct an international campaign promoting the right of women and girls to education;

(d) [Allocate a minimum percentage of assistance to basic education for women and girls.]


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