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In May 2015, the education community met again to discuss achievements and shortfalls in the implementation of the EFA goals and education-related MDGs, and to agree on a joint position for the education goal and targets for the post-2015 development agenda, which should be adopted by the United Nation Member States in September 2015.

With the deadline for the EFA goals having passed, this fact sheet assesses the EFA achievements in the Asia and Pacific region by looking at the degree of progress towards the six EFA goals and its major contributions most notably raising the duration of compulsory education, improving student participation in all levels of education and increasing school life expectancy. At the same time, bottlenecks and barriers are observed which hinder expanding the education system and its efficiency and quality. Finally, it sheds light on issues and challenges of monitoring the education post-2015 agenda based on our current experiences are discussed.


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Latest Quarterly Thematic Publication - Issue March 2015

Science and technology has always been a foundation of the development in our society throughout history, resulting tremendous growth in researchers in the world. However, there is considerable disparity across Asia and the Pacific region in terms of participation of women in R&D activities. Although there is encouraging improvement, female researchers are still under-represented.

This fact sheet highlights such prevailing gender disparities at regional and sub-regional levels in enrolment and graduation from higher education and professional career choice. It also attempts to take an in-depth look in the system to see factors or barriers that keep women away from the field. Lastly, it will discuss about whether it is true that boys outperform girls in a quantitative way.  


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