"The right to education must remain the foundation for advancing the Education for All agenda" – UN expertListen /
A UN expert on the right to education, on Friday called on world governments to ensure that the right to education guides their efforts to meet the Education for All objectives of providing quality basic education to all children, youths and adults by 2015.
Kishore Singh says "We must make sure not just that an even greater number of students gain access to primary education, but that governments ensure education is an enforceable right for their citizens, is of high quality, and provided equally without discrimination."
The UN expert stressed that care must be taken that the learning crisis is not prolonged.
He called on governments to enact legislation to ensure minimum quality standards are set for teachers and educational curricula, and to address inequalities in education, particularly for girls, minorities and poor children.
Mr. Singh's comments came following the first UNESCO-led Global Education for All Meeting in Paris.
The Education for All initiative provides a framework for governments to accelerate progress for meeting EFA goals by 2015.
Donn Bobb, United Nations