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PART THREE

POLICY DIRECTION

    1. General Observation

Education for All is a broad concept which encompasses educational activities and programmes being undertaken by the government, communities, NGOs, private sector and other partners. As a concept, EFA affords the country an opportunity to take stock of all education initiatives directed at all strata of society.The cutting edge of Education for All in the country should be linked to the broader democratisation process the country is going through. In this way citizens will take education as a topic for discourse and for their own development.

In terms of the future, the country’s EFA programmes should encompass the nine years Basic Education, Early Childhood Care Education and Development, Adult Literacy, Learning Achievement, Training in Essential Skills and Education for Better Living. Efforts should be made to revisit the goals and strategies in these and other emerging relevant areas.

11.2 ECCED

Areas related to teaching, and quality control should go to the Ministry of Education. Areas related to child care, survival and protection should go to Councils and relevant departments of the Ministry of Community Development and Child Services, Ministry of Sport, Youth and Social Development and the Ministry of Health. Efforts should be made to establish closer co-operation among the key Ministries in the area of ECCED especially in terms of data on services available to children.

11.3 BASIC Education

The problems in the primary education sector experienced over the decade have been addressed in the Basic Education Sub-Sector Investment Programme (BESSIP) of the Ministry of Education. BESSIP has identified goals and strategies that are relevant to universalisation of quality basic education in the country.

Communities, cooperating partners, NGOs and citizens at large should support the goals and objectives of BESSIP which are:-

In the course of implementing BESSIP special attention should be given to relieving the poor of the burden of user-fees and cost sharing measures by making education free of direct cost for them. Efforts should be made to ensure more participation of teachers and communities in education decisions that affect them.

11.4 Adult Literacy

11.5 Education For Better Living

11.6 Training for Essential Skills

CONCLUSION

In order to keep the EFA torch burning there is need to revisit the EFA goals, targets and strategies for the future The vision should be informed by the democratisation process and the development needs of the country.

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