meeting of the Working Group on EFA takes off next week
All is set for
the fourth meeting of the Working Group on Education for
All to take place 22 and 23 July at UNESCO Headquarters
in Paris. Bringing together 57 representatives of the main
EFA constituencies and 19 observers, the meeting will primarily
review the current status and future of EFA initiatives
and flagship programmes.
be based on a background paper "EFA Flagships: Multi-partner
Support Mechanisms to Implement the Dakar Framework for
Action" and introduced by John Daniel, UNESCO's Assistant
Director-General for Education. Four panels will discuss
specific initiatives: the UN Girls' Education Initiative,
HIV/AIDS and education, the UN Literacy Decade and the Fast-Track
funding initiative. "The aim is to agree on a common
understanding of these initiatives how they interact, their
value added, how they are making a difference at country
level and what should be their future role," says Abhimanyu
Singh, Lead Manager of UNESCO's Dakar Follow-up Unit.
will also discuss the four following issues:
1) Civil society
initiatives including how to build on the successful experience
of the World's Largest Lesson on EFA, which mobilized 1.8
million people during the Global EFA Week 2003 and what
future directions and plans for the Collective Consultation
of NGOs on EFA, an increasingly influential group of about
2) Communication and dissemination strategy for the EFA
Global Monitoring Report 2003.
3) The third High-Level Group meeting to be held in India,
11-12 November 2003. The Sherpas Group of 10 members representing
international agencies, NGOs and developed and developing
countries will meet immediately after the Working Group
meeting to discuss in more details the programme and expected
outcomes of the High-Level Group meeting.
4) The Literacy Assessment and Monitoring Programme (LAMP)
which proposes a new approach to literacy assessment.
Group on EFA meets once a year and the some 60 participants
represent developing countries and countries in transition;
bilateral, multilateral and regional agencies; civil society
networks, non-governmental organizations and private foundations,
as well as the OECD and the G-8. Permanent delegations to
UNESCO are invited to attend the meeting as observers.
of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura, will open the meeting
and John Daniel, UNESCO's Assistant Director-General for
Education, will chair it.
related to the meeting are or will soon be available on
UNESCO's Education for All website http://www.unesco.org/education/efa/global_co/working_group
For more information
on EFA flagship programmes: http://www.unesco.org/education/efa/know_sharing/flagship_initiatives/
A special issue
of the Bulletin will be published after the meeting.
Yasunaga, Dakar Follow-up Unit, UNESCO * E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
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