Mother tongue-based teaching and education for girls: advocacy brief

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Basic education is seen as the best means for improving conditions for poor and rural populations, disadvantaged social groups, and females, in general. One of the agreed goals of the Dakar Framework for Action is to ensure that by 2015 all children, especially girls, children in difficult circumstances, and children from ethnic minorities, have access to complete free and compulsory primary education of good quality. Another goal calls for higher literacy rates, particularly among women. All countries have been given a clear mandate to remove barriers to progress for girls and women. Meanwhile, one of the biggest obstacles to Education for All remains in place: the use of foreign languages for teaching and learning.

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