“Girls’ education is the game-changer of the 21st century.
Extreme poverty cannot be solved without it,” said Irina Bokova during a plenary session devoted to New Partnerships for Girls’ and Women’s Education at the Global Education and Skills Forum, held in Dubai from 15 to 17 March.
The Director-General passionately urged participants at the Forum to support girls’ education, which has the power to change a girl’s life along with that of her family and community, driving improvements in health, prosperity and productivity. To reap these dividends, she said, girls have to stay in school long enough – at least through lower secondary, and this is not yet happening.
The session showcased UNESCO’s Global Partnership for Girl’s and Women’s Education, launched in May 2011, to keep girls in school and scale up literacy and skills programmes.
Participants included H.E. Muhammad Baligh-ur-Rehman, Pakistan’s Minister of State Education, Training and Standards in Higher Education; Li Xiaoming, Executive President, HNA Group; John Davies, Vice President Intel; Omar Manzur, Director, Corporate Communications, Mobilink and Reem Al-Hashimy, Chairperson of Dubai Cares, who told the audience of some 1000 delegates that “Girls' education shouldn't be about ticking a box - rather about genuinely improving communities.”