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Third Meeting of the Working Group on Education for All, 22-23 July 2002

The experience of planning and implementing education for all (EFA)
Country panel presentations : Terms of reference

What difference has Dakar made? This is a particularly interesting and crucial time to look at EFA planning as we move towards the deadline of the end of the year. Although time is short it is not too late to learn lessons from each other

Two countries, India and Burkina Faso, will make panel presentations on their national experience of planning and implementing EFA since April 2000. Both countries, from the two priority areas of sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, are committed to the Dakar goals; still they face vastly different challenges. India is a federal state with a population of one billion, and an estimated literacy rate of 65 per cent (check this), whereas Burkina Faso (check this also)

Each panel will present the post-Dakar process from three perspectives: government, civil society and academia. They will focus on what difference the World Education Forum, Dakar, Senegal, 2000, has made to the national processes of planning and implementing EFA, with an emphasis on key determining factors and challenges faced.

Presenters will give particular attention to analysis the following aspects:

  • how is the national planning organised? How does it relate to other planning such as sector-wide approaches, poverty reduction strategy papers, UNDAF and other similar mechanisms?

  • partnerships and consultations: whom has the government consulted in EFA planning? Is there an EFA consultation grouping or Forum? Who is involved? Is there any regional, sub-national consultation process? What is the role in planning of civil society? What is the role of academia? Is there a public debate on EFA issues? What is the role of the media?

  • Sources of financing: how far do the plans include or imply reallocation of national budgetary resources? How feasible is this in the short term? What is the resource gap? Which external partners are being addressed to fill it? What it their role in planning?

    In the light of the few minutes available for each presenter (7 minutes each), please emphasise key factors only. If you wish to provide background information, please do so in written form.

    Presentations should be made available to UNESCO, attention Ulrika Peppler Barry,
    no later than 15 July 2002, to allow for translation and dissemination.