of the state of education in the world is vital to measure
progress towards the Education-for-All goals and to hold
all stakeholders to account for the promises made at the
World Education Forum (Dakar, 2000).
This is done
essentially through the EFA
Observatory and the EFA Monitoring Report.
The EFA Observatory
is located in the UNESCO Institute for Statistics. Its tasks
include mapping the needs for statistical data in countries
and regions, conducting training workshops, developing new
indicators, assisting countries improve their capacity to
collect and analyse data and promoting awareness of the
need to use data to inform policy-making.
The EFA Monitoring
of the EFA Monitoring Report is to provide an account of
the progress that countries and agencies are making towards
the EFA goals as well as to highlight important trends and
EFA Monitoring Report 2001 was prepared by UNESCO
with inputs from the EFA partners. As from the second version
-- the EFA Monitoring Report 2002
-- it will be produced by an independent team based at UNESCO.
Core data will come from the annual statistical exercise
run by the UNESCO
Institute for Statistics, but it will be supplemented
by data from the World
Bank, the OECD
and selected national agencies.
The EFA Monitoring
Report will be advised by an
Editorial Board of EFA partner agencies, bilateral
agencies and NGOs. Its editor is Professor Christopher Colclough,
formerly of the Institute of Development Studies at Sussex
University, United Kingdom.
Report, the outline
of which was presented to the 3rd
Meeting of the Working Group on Education for All (22-23
July), will examine the progress made since the
World Education Forum. How are governments interpreting
the Education for All goals in their educational policies
and plans? Is civil society more actively involved in the
planning and implementation processes? How has the wider
international community responded to its commitments? What
are the prospects for progress? How will the resources be
generated and the capacities developed to achieve Education