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  All Sub-Saharan Africa NGO Meeting on EFA 2000
    Since NGOs are a key player in the universalisation of basic education, a need was identified to provide the NGO community with the opportunity to formulate their perspective on the EFA-2000 assessment and recommendations for future action as an input to the All SS Africa Conference. To ensure that NGOs contribute to the assessment exercise, the Collective Consultation for NGOs (CC/NGO) on Literacy and Education for All therefore, has initiated a process to encourage national and regional involvement of NGOs in the Assessment process through the organisation of national NGO forums on EFA and the preparation of thematic studies.
  Aims and outcomes
    The overall aim of the All Africa NGO meeting on EFA-2000 is twofold: i) to formulate an NGO perspective on the progress made towards the provision of Education for All, and ii) to contribute to vision-building with regard to Africa's education in the next century.
    The meeting aims to result in the following:
Statement of the NGO perspective on the EFA Assessment Exercise to be presented during the All SS Africa Conference on EFA with a view to be included in the Africa input to the World Conference in Dakar;
Participation of 40 national and regional African NGOs in the All SS Africa Conference
Recommendations on future NGOs role in the achievement of education for all.

  The NGO meeting aims to bring together national and regional African NGO representatives (40 - 50) as well as a limited representation from international NGOs (max. 20). An attempt will be made to ensure regional and national representation, as well as a wide selection of priority areas covered by the different NGOs in line with the expanded vision of Jomtien.


  The work initiated by UNESCO's CC-NGO and particularly two of its members Action Aid and Oxfam, and presented through synthesis reports and thematic papers will be used as input. Furthermore, the participants are encouraged to consult with National NGOs and civil society organisation to identify themes or issues of concern that should be addressed during the All Sub-Saharan Africa NGO meeting . Suggested themes could be, for example:

Governance and participation (democratising the process of education reform at all levels, including community level)
improving quality in the public system (incl. role of teachers, impact of HIV-AIDS)
Education beyond the formal primary system (adult, secondary, early childhood, non-formal, lifelong learning etc.)
Public financing of education (including issues around cost-sharing; equitable, effective and transparent allocation of resources; basic vs. tertiary education; planning for the impact of HIV-AIDS etc.)
Overcoming the gender gap (incl. impact of HIV-AIDS)
The role of international actors (partnerships and co-operation incl. finance)
  Programme NGO meeting
Time Activity
Wednesday 1/12/99
Meeting of drafting team:
Formulating outline for reporting
Time Activity
Thursday 2/12/99
Registration and welcome:
Aims and objectives of the workshop
Panel presentation and discussion
Assessing the Jomtien decade: an NGO perspective
Panel presentation and discussion:
Highlighting specific concerns (CC/NGO thematic studies)
Afternoon Group discussions:
Identifying key issues to improving the provision of learning opportunities for all
Group work presentation and plenary discussion
Prioritising key issues
Time Activity
Friday 3/12/99 Group discussions thematic areas (as identified on Thursday)
Time Activity
Saturday 4/12/99
Group presentations and discussion:
Synthesising past, present and future directions
Afternoon Meeting with ADEA-NFE-WG
Sharing experiences of parallel meetings
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