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Second Meeting, Abuja, Nigeria, 19-20 November 2002



The High-Level Group will serve as a lever for political commitment and technical and financial resource mobilization. Informed by a monitoring report …it will also be an opportunity to hold the global community to account for commitments made in Dakar (Dakar Framework for Action, Para 19).
Expected outcomes of the meeting

1. Reviewing progress towards the achievement of the Dakar goals including guidance on the development of the EFA Global Monitoring Report.

2. Assessing the extent to which national policies, plans and programmes are on track and characterised by well-coordinated and inclusive partnerships.

3. Assessing the extent to which the international commitments made in Dakar are being met.

4. Mobilizing global political support and resources for realising EFA goals including the elimination of gender disparities in primary and secondary education by 2005.

Tuesday, 19 November 2002

8 am Registration

Opening Ceremony (Open to the public)
9-10.30 am Chair: Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO

Welcome address: Education for All: actions since Dakar and challenges ahead
Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO

Opening speech: Education for All is the responsibility of All
Olusegun Obasanjo, President of Nigeria

Keynote speeches: Delivering on Political Commitment to EFA
Blaise Compaore, President of Burkina Faso

Quality education for girls means Education for All
Carol Bellamy, Executive Director, UNICEF

Recorded Video Statement on EFA:
James Wolfensohn, President, The World Bank

10.30-11 am Coffee break

Working Session I

11 am-12.30 pm Progress towards EFA goals

Chair: John Daniel, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
Lead Commentary: Christopher Colclough, Report Director
Respondent: Murli Manohar Joshi, Minister of Human Resource Development, Science & Technology, India

The monitoring report provides analysis on progress with respect to all six Dakar goals and selected themes. The High-Level Group will address the challenges of meeting all six Dakar goals seen in light of current progress, identify the major blockages and shortcomings, prepare recommendations for overcoming them and set strategic priorities for the coming years.

12.30-2 pm Lunch hosted by Director-General of UNESCO

2-4 pm Working Session I continued

Major points, recommendations and actions: Peter Piot, UNAIDS

Working Session II

4-6.30 pm Accelerating progress on girls' education - Ways and means to gender equity Chair and Lead Commentary: Carol Bellamy, Executive Director, UNICEF
Respondent: Susan Whelan, Minister for International Cooperation, Canada

The 2005 goal of eliminating gender disparities in primary and secondary education is rapidly approaching. On the basis of the findings of the Monitoring Report, the High-Level Group will discuss appropriate policy responses to the situation, identify promising alternatives and suggest strategies to accelerate progress on education of girls, adolescents and women.

Major points, recommendations and actions: Mary Hatwood Futrell, President, Education International

7.30 pm Reception

Wednesday, 20 November 2002

Working Session III

8.30-11.30 am Developing policies and plans for EFA through effective partnerships
Chair and Lead Commentator: Joseph Mungai, Minister of Education, Tanzania
Respondent: Maria Lourdes Khan, Secretary-General, ASPBAE

Based on the Monitoring Report, the High-Level Group will review the progress that has been made in developing policies and plans for EFA through ongoing broad-based and representative partnerships, forums and alliances between governments and civil society, including teachers, parents and communities. The Group will discuss ways and means to sustain the impetus for better planning for EFA generated by Dakar and promote genuine dialogue with civil society.

Major points, recommendations and actions: Kunio Waki, UNFPA

Working Session IV

11.30 am-12.30 pm International Commitments and Initiatives
Chair and Lead Commentary: Hilde Frafjord Johnson, Minister of International Development Cooperation, Norway
Respondent: Andrew Natsios, Administrator, USAID

Since Dakar and the reconfirmation of two of the Dakar goals in the Millenium Declaration, a number of new initiatives and programmes have been launched in support of EFA. They include the Monterrey Consensus, the Fast-Track Initiative, the commitments of G8 and the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD). In the light of the disappointing record of aid flows to EFA in 1990s, the High-Level Group will discuss ways to ensure that the new commitments are translated into concrete action. The High-Level Group will give attention to modalities of supporting "at risk countries" that are not currently covered by the Fast-Track Initiative. It will review the effectiveness of the international EFA partnership.

12.30-2 pm Lunch

2-3.30 pm Working session IV continued

Major points, recommendations and actions: Ruth Kagia, Director for Education, The World Bank

Working Session V

3.30-5 pm Implications for monitoring of EFA Progress
Chair and Lead Commentary: Khaled Toukan, Minister of Education, Jordan
Respondent: Luis Gomez Gutiérrez, Minister of Education, Cuba

The session will build on the four previous sessions in order to clarify implications for monitoring EFA progress in the following ways: (1) implications for monitoring and evaluation of EFA at the national, regional and international levels; (2) implications for the content and development of the monitoring report; and (3) implications for the role of the High-Level Group as a monitoring body.

Major points, recommendations and actions: Gorgui Sow, Coordinator, African Network Campaign on Education for All

Working Session VI

5-6 pm Agreement on action agenda
Chair: John Daniel, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO

The closing session aims at reaching agreement on the lines of action and strategic choices that need to be taken for the next period until the High-Level Group meets. The discussion will be based on the recommendations summarized for each of the individual working sessions by the session reporter and on other comments and issues raised in the meeting. The actions will be reflected in the Communiqué.

7-7.30 pm Adoption of Communiqué
Chair: Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO

7.30-7.45 pm Concluding remarks
Abraham Babalola Borishade, Minister of Education, Nigeria

8.30 pm Reception


- Each of the working sessions will be introduced by the Chair and Lead of the session who will, with point of departure in the Monitoring Report, in 10 minutes outline the most critical issues for discussion by the meeting. This will be followed by a 7 minutes response providing further reflections and considerations for the debate. The role of the Chair will be to lead the session towards specific recommendations for actions. The major points, recommendations and actions will be highlighted in 10 minutes at the end of each session. The summaries will form the basis for reaching consensus on the lines of action, communication and follow-up in Working Session VI.

-The opening session will be public whereas the working sessions will be restricted to participants.

- The Communiqué will be finalized during the meeting.
- Tea/coffee will be available to participants, but there will be no breaks except for the one immediately after the opening ceremony.