"The costs of this failure will be measured in human lives," said Rasheda Chowdhury, director of CAMPE, a Bangladesh NGO coalition, and a spokeswoman for the GCE.
"Many millions of children will die unnecessarily and millions more will grow up malnourished, income and productivity will be lost, and some 7 million young adults will be infected with HIV/AIDS, because we did not take the simple and affordable step of making a free, quality primary education available to every girl and boy.
"The only good thing about a human disaster of these proportions is that, after years of rhetoric and platitudes, the international community may finally be forced into action.We are glad that the FTI donors are stepping up to the plate but we stress the need for a serious and concerted mobilization of rich country resources in 2005 in support of equally serious and concerted action by poor country governments," Chowdhury
said that the GCE
was encouraged by steps taken in Brasilia to turn the UN Girls'
Education Initiative, which has been heavily criticized for lack of action and results, into a dynamic movement energized by full and equal partnership between civil society, UN agencies and governments.GCE
members of the UNGEI
Global Advisory Committee will contribute to revising the UNGEI strategy and operational guidelines for launch early in 2005, she
...GCE members and affiliates taking part in the Brasilia meetings included: Mary Hatwood Futrell, founding president of Education International, who addressed the High Level Group on teacher issues; Kailash Satyarthi, chairperson of the GCE, who addressed the HLG on the relationship between equity and quality; Rasheda Chowdhury, executive director of CAMPE, who addressed the HLG, UNGEI and FTI meetings on gender equity; Gene Sperling, chair of the GCE US chapter, who reported to the HLG on the outcomes of a World Economic Forum meeting on private/public partnerships in education; Carlos Zarco Mera of CEAAL and Charles Abani of CSACEFA, both of whom spoke on resource mobilization issues; Adelaide Sosseh, a founder of the Gambia EFA Coalition and member of ANCEFA, who spoke on civil society's role in the FTI; and Khadijah Fancy of CAMFED and Ruth Kahurananga of World Vision, GCE representatives on the UNGEI Global Advisory Committee.