the way to UPE
The MDG Task
Force on Education and Gender Equality, set up about eighteen
months ago, is working to identify ways in which education
policies and practices must be transformed to achieve the
goal of universal primary education. It presented its Interim
Report, which is intended as a vehicle for broader consultation.
The Working Group was thus an opportunity to solicit feedback,
mainly on a set of recommendations to the international
The key messages of the report
focused on ensuring that primary education is part of wider
efforts in education and in the community, to make sure
that children can make good use of it in their lives. The
Working Group was asked to consider three questions:
What efforts should go in to adult literacy does
it help parents to send their children to school?
What about education beyond the primary school how
far should EFA efforts include that?
If parents are to be more engaged with their childrens
education, what kind of information do they need?
The Working Group responded to the first two questions by
noting how crucial adult literacy is and emphasizing that
post-primary education is necessary to ensure useable skills.
Uganda is an example of efforts to answer the third question
financial information at school level gave parents
the chance to know about management decisions.
Interim Report on Achieving the Millennium Development Goal
of Universal Primary Education