EFA national plans
Peer review processes (including criteria and mechanisms)
of EFA national plans at regional level should be put in
place by the end of 2001. Funding mechanisms need to be
settled as a matter of urgency.
EFA comprehensive strategy
A task group will be constituted (UNESCO, one multilateral
agency, one bilateral agency, one NGO and a country representative)
to draft an outline of the comprehensive strategy. UNESCO
will present a summary of progress on the drafting to the
high-level group. The task group will assemble the sections
prepared by each lead agency with their task team and forward
a complete draft to stakeholders for consultation. The collaborative
process of drafting the
strategy will aim to produce the final draft by the end
of April 2002 (second anniversary of Dakar).
Two new flagship programmes are proposed: teachers
and quality and disability.
The report should be aimed at all stakeholders and convey
a sense of urgency; it should enable the high-level group
to maintain the impetus of EFA.
The ADG/ED summed up the tone and outcomes of the meeting
by making the following remarks:
the meeting was an expression of partnership, through its
frank, open, committed and productive approach, characterized
by good will.
progress is never as fast as we would like.
in EFA partnership it is not important who gets the credit.
the heart of EFA lies at national level.
there is firm engagement with and of civil society.
EFA crosses sectors: how to engage other relevant ministries
in some national contexts?
work on the comprehensive strategy will be a priority for
UNESCO over the next months.
we have made progress on assessing EFA plans.
issues remain: involvement of the private sector, inclusion
and disability, ICTs in EFA.
flagship programmes: their focus needs clarifying, additional
programmes to be added (e.g. disability, teachers and quality).
the monitoring report will be a forerunner of a punchier
more thought is needed on reaching the unreached, countries
in crisis, etc.
final question and challenge: how can UNESCO take forward
the EFA agenda fast, effectively and professionally?