Regional Launch of the UNESCO’s 2020 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report on Inclusion and Education in the West and Central African Region

When :

from Thursday 23 July, 2020
to Friday 24 July, 2020

Manager :

Théodore Somda

Type of event :

Conférence de presse

Where :

YAOUNDE, Cameroon

Contact :

July 23rd, 2020

Dakar, July 15th 2020 - UNESCO Regional Offices in Abuja, Dakar, and Yaoundé are jointly organizing the Regional Launch of the UNESCO’s 2020 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report on Inclusion and Education in the West and Central African Region, on July 23rd, 2020 (Thursday), at 9:00 a.m. GMT.


The report provides an in-depth analysis of key factors for exclusion of learners in education systems worldwide including background, identity and ability (i.e. gender, age, location, poverty, disability, ethnicity, indigeneity, language, religion, migration or displacement status, sexual orientation or gender identity expression, incarceration, beliefs and attitudes). It identifies an exacerbation of exclusion during the COVID-19 pandemic and estimates that about 40% of low and lower-middle income countries have not supported disadvantaged learners during temporary school shutdown.

The 2020 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report urges countries to focus on those left behind as schools reopen so as to foster more resilient and equal societies. “To rise to the challenges of our time, a move towards more inclusive education is imperative”, said the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay. “Rethinking the future of education is all the more important following the Covid-19 pandemic, which further widened and put a spotlight on inequalities. Failure to act will hinder the progress of societies.”

The purpose of this event is to present the key findings and recommendations of GEM Report with a focus on the topic of inclusion in education at both regional and global levels. Giving emphasis on the regional level, the experiences of selected countries, civil society organizations and the UN systems on inclusive education environment and on exclusion will be shared to invoke lively discussions on regional solutions, which is now deeply hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic. This event is an excellent opportunity to promulgate the message of “All Means All” in West and Central African region as well as what we could do to reduce the exclusion in education.

Fewer than 10% of countries have laws that help ensure full inclusion in education, according to UNESCO’s 2020 Global Education Monitoring Report: Inclusion and education – All means all.



Théodore Somda ( – Communications Officer, UNESCO’s Multisectoral Regional Office for West Africa (Sahel), Dakar, Sénégal