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South Asian Regional Conference: Responding to the Needs of Out Of School Adolescents Experiences

UNESCO New Delhi and Plan India, 2011

UNESCO New Delhi along with Plan India had organized a conference in New Delhi from 1-3 March 2011 on the learning and development needs of out of school adolescents’ with the overall objective to contribute to the thinking on Goal 3 (Promote learning and life skills for young people and adults) of the Education For All (EFA) Goals using the experiences of existing governmental/non governmental efforts in the South Asian Region.

The conference took place amidst increased understanding around the world that the education of adolescents and young adults has received less than required attention over the years since the Dakar Framework of Action. 

Some of the major themes of the conference include inculcating life skills amongst adolescents; basic education for out of school adolescents; gender equity and empowerment; safer spaces and freedom from exploitation, democratic participation; engaging with adolescents on issues related to governance and accountability, adolescents sexuality, reproductive health and HIV & AIDS; and challenges of employability.

A compendium of the conference containing the selected best practices related to out- of-school adolescents is now available in hard copy and online versions. Download the publication.

To view the full article, please see page 5 of the latest UNESCO New Delhi Newsletter or contact Ms. Shubhangi Sharma ( for further information on the Conference.

For more information on UNESCO New Delhi's work on HIV and AIDS, please contact: Shankar Chowdhury ( or Raphaële Ng Tock Mine(

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