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The EFA 2000 Assessment > What is it?
 What is it?
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What is the EFA 2000 Assessment?
 
    The EFA 2000 Assessment is the most in-depth evaluation of basic education ever undertaken. Conducted in more than 180 countries, the Assessment takes stock of the current status of basic education in each country and evaluates the progress that has been achieved during the 1990s since the World Conference on Education for All (Jomtien, Thailand, March 1990). Its goal? To generate vital information on all types of programmes, activities and services that aim to meet the basic learning needs of children, youth and adults. At the country level, it enables governments and their partners to consider a comprehensive picture of their progress towards EFA goals and identify effective strategies for progress. At the international level, it provides the basis for dialogue and cooperation for years to come.
   
    The EFA 2000 Assessment draws mainly on national assessment reports on how they are meeting the basic learning needs of their people. However, the worldwide review include also a dozen thematic studies on educational issues of global concern and some twenty country case studies on literacy and educational attainment of young people and adults. The thematic studies describe best educational practices, as well as successful and unsuccessful experiments in policy implementation. Each study is sponsored by a development agency or a major NGO. Case studies are carried out by interested countries.
   
    Finally, sample surveys on learning achievement and the conditions of teaching and learning in primary schools were launched in more than thirty developing countries, mostly in Africa. These surveys give precise information about the working conditions of teachers, the school environment and the quality of learning.
   
    "The EFA 2000 Assessment is a qualitative as well as a quantitative assessment," says Svein Osttveit, Executive Secretary of the International Consultative Forum on Education for All, the body set up after the Jomtien conference to monitor and advise on progress and to keep education for all on development agendas. Denise Lievesley, Director of UNESCO's Institute for Statistics, sees it as "a vital benchmark to enable us to assess progress in the future and to ensure that any targets we make are realistic and are accompanied by appropriate resources."
   
    The Assessment has involved thousands of people around the globe. An unprecedented worldwide EFA network was set up, involving ten regional technical advisory groups run by staff in regional offices of the EFA Forum's convening agencies (UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF and the World Bank). At country level, national co-ordinators, usually appointed from countries' education ministries, have been in charge of the Assessment and produced country reports on Education for All.
   
    Country reports will be examined at six regional meetings, which will make recommendations the World Education Forum.
 

 

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