Minister Escoto thanked UNESCO for the fruitful cooperation between his country and the Organization.
He described the Government’s commitment to harness technology as a strategy to bridge educational divides with a focus on isolated and ‘remote areas, as well as to improve the accountability and efficiency of the education system. ‘In this regard he noted that connectivity was the foremost challenge and advocated for a regional satellite connection to facilitate communications.’
He affirmed that universal pre-school education and literacy’ were among the Ministry’s top priorities. While there has been a significant expansion since1999 in pre-primary enrolment the aim is to universalize it by 2017. In the area of literacy, a major drive is underway with the ambition to eradicate illiteracy by 2017.
‘The Director-General commended the Minister for the country’s educational progress and commitment, and pledged that UNESCO would continue to’accompany the Government in its ambitions to improve access, improve the quality of education and promote literacy, in line with the 2030 Agenda.
The Minister also noted the fruitful meetings he had held during his visit with the Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Public Information, and with the Assistant Director-General for Education.