Building peace in the minds of men and women

Education: roads closed

Poverty, geographic isolation, gender, language, ethnicity - these are some of the main obstacles blocking the road to school. They all have a common denominator: unequal opportunities.

If we continue to turn a blind eye to the glaring inequalities that still persist in education, then the goals set by the international community will not be met, and, in some cases, on a spectacular scale, according to the 2009 Global Monitoring Report on Education for All, which was presented in Geneva (Switzerland) on 25 November. Millions of children throughout the world risk seeing themselves condemned to live in poverty, with limited horizons.

This UNESCO Courier dossier takes a closer look at some examples.

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Special issue June 2008