PROGRESS FOR CHILDREN REPORT ADVANCER

15-Apr-2005
UNICEF's latest Progress for Children report says that, while more girls worldwide are going to school, the gender gap in many regions is still unacceptably wide. UNICEF
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STORY: UNICEF PROGRESS FOR CHILDREN REPORT ADVANCER

TRT: 2.00

SOURCE: UNICEF

RESTRICTIONS: NONE

LANGUAGE: CH 1 ENGLISH / NATS
CH 2 ENGLISH / NATS

DATELINE: RECENT / FILE
SHOTLIST
FILE - Turkey

1. Wide shot, Kurdish shepherd girl

FILE - Laos

2. Med shot, girl planting rice

FILE - Cear■ State, Brazil

3. Med shot, girl carrying water into house

FILE - South Eastern Ethiopia

4. Med shot, girl cooking in smoke filled hut nighttime

FILE - Mali

5. Wide shot, girl pounding grain

London, United Kingdom, March 2005

6.SOUNDBITE Carol Bellamy, UNICEF Executive Director:
"Government has to leap, but without working with numerous partners. Working with the girls themselves, working with the education ministries, working with community organizations that can really support this, working with traditional leaders, religious leaders who are trusted and who if they say, "indeed girls should go to school will make a big difference." Just a single actor won't make the difference, partnership will assure that girls can go to school."

FILE - Mukhube, Malawi

7. Wide shot, one teacher responsible for over 220 students

FILE - Afghanistan

8. Wide shot, shrouded girls and women

London, United Kingdom, March 2005

9. SOUNDBITE (English) Rt Hon Gordon Brown, Chancellor of the Exchequer, speaking at the United Kingdom Department for International Development-sponsored seminar on Girls' Education:
" It is you that hold the future of your countries in your hands and you can make a huge difference for what happens in the future, not just in education, but in the whole running of your societies."

FILE - South Eastern Ethiopia

10. Close up, young girl carrying pail of water
11. Med shot, young girl carrying pail of water

FILE - Turkey

12. Zoom in, girl sheparding sheep
STORYLINE
UNICEF's latest Progress for Children report says that while more girls worldwide are going to school, the gender gap in many regions is still unacceptably wide.

The report, which will be released by UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy in Geneva on 18 April, says that the world has made impressive gains towards gender parity, getting the same numbers of girls as boys into school.

However, without a 'quantum leap' the world will miss the goal of universal primary education by 2015.

"A goal of universal primary education with equal opportunity for girls and boys is realistic," said Ms. Bellamy. "It's affordable, it's achievable and what's more, it's our children's birthright."

Some 125 out of 180 countries are on course to have gender parity by 2005 - and meet the target set by the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals.

The regions of the Middle East and North Africa, South Asia, and West and Central Africa - where barriers such as poverty, HIV/AIDS and conflict prevent children from realizing their right to an education - will not meet the gender parity goal.

Getting the same numbers of girls and boys in school is one of the crucial steps to achieving universal primary education.

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