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  Information note on the sub-Saharan Africa conference
on Education for All
    The EFA 2000 Assessment is a major, global endeavour that aims to enable the participating countries (i) to construct a comprehensive picture of their progress towards their own Education for All goals since the World Conference on Education for All (Jomtien, 1990), (ii) to identify priorities and promising strategies for overcoming obstacles and accelerating progress, and (iii) to revise their national plans of action accordingly. The Assessment process, benefiting policy-makers, planners and implementers, provides an excellent opportunity to, once again, refocus the attention on basic education and reinvigorate efforts to meet basic learning needs.
    The Assessment exercise involves a number of activities at different level. At the national level, focus is placed on enhancement of national debate on new policies and strategies for the next century. To stimulate such a national dialogue, country reports are being prepared, reflecting on past experiences, identifying directions for the coming century. Based on the individual country reports, a regional synthesis report will be prepared at the regional level to identify regional trends and issues. These will be presented and discussed at the regional conferences in order to set new goals and formulate strategies for collaboration in priority areas and to prepare a regional message to be delivered at the global summit.
  Aims and objectives
    The overall aim of the All SS Africa Conference is to formulate Africa's way forward in the 21st century with regard to the provision of learing opportunities for all, through a reflection on the progress made around Africa in the area of EFA since Jomtien 1990. The Conference should be seen as a beginning of a new phase in the EFA movement, rather then the end of the Jomtien decennium Focus will be on building new visions and partnerships in the African context.
    The specific objectives of the Conference are to:
assess the impact made in the areas of planning, policy and implementation with regard to national EFA goals set in the Jomtien decenium (specifying the context and identifying major trends);
reflect on specific problems and challenges Africa is facing in the area of meeting (basic) learning needs of its people (strengths and weaknesses);
formulate recommendations/strategies for action to move EFA into the 21st century (prospects).

  The major theme of the Conference has been defined as: 'Education for African Renaissance in the Globalised Economy, Communication and Culture'. The programme of the conference will be structured on the following regional priority issues:

the role of education in national and regional developmental goals with specific reference to social, cultural and economic development and its impact on education
curriculum content relevance and quality
the role of the state and the transformation of the education system, its structure and function
building institutional capacity in education planning, management, research and information support systems

  The expanded vision of Jomtien stresses the importance of broad mobilisation and participation. In the preparations of the country reports the importance of consultation with all stakeholders have been emphasised. This stakeholder-based participation will be reflected in the participant's list of the All Africa Conference, as well as in its programming. Country teams comprise representatives of Government, civil society and NGOs.

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