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The EFA 2000 Assessment > To know more > Flash 01/09/1998
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  During the 1990s, we have seen several major world conferences on important development issues. But what effect have they really had?
 
  The Education for All 2000 Assessment, just launched by the EFA Forum, will analyse the progress achieved since the 1990 World Conference on Education for All in expanding and improving the provision of basic education around the world. This global assessment is important for several reasons.
 
  The first is that it will generate current and reliable statistics about the many components of basic education, ranging from early childhood development, through primary schooling, to educational activities for youth and adults. This will enable countries to monitor and measure their progress more closely and comprehensively.
 
  The second is that the assessment exercise will produce a broad picture of the challenges that countries face, the various solutions they have found, and the partner-ships that have developed in basic education.
 
  The final and most important is that it is an excellent opportunity for each country to examine how well the basic learning needs of its people are being met and to revise its public policies and strategies as necessary.
 
  In order to fulfil these expectations, the assessment process must involve the principal providers of basic education, both inside and outside governments, as well as parents' associations, teachers' unions, research institutions and the media.
 
  The 1990 world conference was a major milestone on the road towards the right to education for all people of all ages. The EFA 2000 Assessment will measure how far we have come and give a clearer idea of how long the road ahead will be.
 
Michael Lakin Executive Secretary of the EFA Forum
 
Global EFA Assessment begins
 
  How well have countries delivered on their commitment to provide.
 
  basic education to their people? To answer this question, the EFA Forum has launched a global assessment of the progress made during the 1990s towards the goal of Education for All.
 
  Each country is invited to establish a special team, headed by a national co-ordinator, with a clear mandate to design, supervise and carry out the national assessment. National co-ordinators will be able to examine data and discuss problems at sub-regional workshops early in 1999.
 
  Moreover, the regional offices of the five convenors of the EFA Forum (UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF and the World Bank) are invited to agree on the composition of a Regional Technical Advisory Group. This group will backstop country offices and assist the EFA Forum Secretariat in organizing the regional and sub-regional assessment activities.
 
  Finally, some thirty developing countries will be asked to carry out special sample studies to examine the learning environment and measure achievement of primary-school pupils.
 
  "This exercise will provide new data that are essential for planning further action to promote basic education," says Michael Lakin, Executive Secretary of the EFA Forum, who is co-ordinating the assessment. He underlines the fact that the assessment is more than a technical exercise to generate reports: "We hope that this major stocktaking will encourage countries to rethink their EFA strategies and monitor their actions closely," he says.
 
  The results will be examined by the international community at the EFA Forum's fourth global meeting, planned to be held in the first quarter of 2000.
 
  The EFA Forum web site, www.education.unesco.org/efa, provides current and detailed information on the EFA 2000 Assessment.
 
Timetable for the EFA 2000 Assessment
 
  July 1998: Invitation letter, together with the General Guidelines, sent to all national governments and all country and regional offices of UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNESCO and the World Bank.
 
  August 1998: Setting up of national EFA assessment groups with a national assessment co-ordinator to organise the work.
 
  September-November 1998: Phase One of assessment work, commissioning studies, surveys and data collection, and undertaking preliminary analyses.
 
  December 1998: National EFA assessment groups prepare a preliminary draft report of their national EFA assessment report, based on existing data, for discussion in country and at sub-regional workshops
 
  January-March 1999: National co-ordinators meet at sub-regional workshops to examine preliminary draft reports and discuss problems. National data collection and analysis continues.
 
  April-August 1999: Phase Two of the assessment work, integrating new data and information resulting from Phase One activities.
 
  September 1999: National EFA assessment reports to be submitted to the EFA Forum.
 
  November-December 1999: The EFA Forum convenes regional policy
 
  review seminars to examine issues papers based on the national assessment reports.
 
EFA Forum Steering Committee meets
 
  The Steering Committee of the EFA Forum will hold its next meeting at UNESCO headquarters in Paris from 30 September through.
 
  1 October 1998. The meeting’s substantive theme for discussion is "inclusive education", which is also the focus of the July issue of the EFA 2000 Bulletin, Including the excluded: One school for all.
 
  The Steering Committee will also discuss the global EFA 2000.
 
  Assessment, how to make optimal use of its results, and decide on preparations of the Forum’s fourth global conference in the year 2000.
 
  The Management Group of the Steering Committee will meet on 2 October 1998 to discuss the financial implications of the EFA 2000 Assessment and the subsequent conference.
 
Inter-agency group guides assessment
 
  An ad hoc Technical Advisory Group (TAG) has been estabished to advise and assist the EFA Forum Secretariat to plan and co-ordinate the EFA 2000 Assessment at the global level. Members of the Group are staff of UNDP, UNFPA, UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Bank.
 
  The group has already met twice this year -- in April and in June -- to decide on a set of technical guidelines, proposing eighteen core EFA indicators, that should be used to describe or measure the main components of basic education.
 
  The next meeting of TAG will take place in November 1998. This meeting will evaluate how the EFA 2000 Assessment is developing at national and regional level and analyse the.
 
The high price of school wastage
 
  An increasing number of children in developing countries enrol in primary school. But this positive trend is undermined by a persistently large number of pupils who take more than one year to complete a particular grade and/or who drop out of school before completing even the primary cycle.
 
  This problem is examined in a new report, Wasted Opportunities: When Schools Fail, published by UNESCO in the EFA Forum’s "Status and Trends" series. The report analyses the latest data on trends in repetition and drop out in developing countries.
 
  It discusses the scope of wastage, its causes and what can be done to make schools more efficient, and it also presents actual experiences of several developing countries.
 
  "Wastage absorbs a large share of scarce resources, and it takes its greatest toll on the most vulnerable groups in society," says Michael Lakin. "Finding ways to minimize ‘school wastage’ must play a central role in any serious effort to reach the goal of Education for All".
 
Staff members of the EFA Forum Secretariat:
 
Executive Secretary:
Michael Lakin

Deputy Executive Secretaries:
Svein Osttveit, Ulrika Peppler Barry

Information Officer:
Anne Müller

Secretary:
Mary Konin
 
Assessment co-ordination:
Warren Mellor (country assessment)
Vinayagum Chinapah (special surveys)
 
 
The Education for All Newsflash is published by the Secretariat of the International Consultative Forum on Education for All (EFA Forum). It is a special information service for professionals involved in the worldwide EFA 2000 Assessment (1998-2000). The assessment is a major activity in the follow-up of the 1990 World Conference on Education for All.

Editor: Anne Müller

Contact: The EFA Forum Secretariat, UNESCO, 7, Place de Fontenoy, 75352 Paris 07 SP, France.

Fax: (33) 1 4568 5629; E-mail: efa@unesco.org Internet homepage: http://www.education.unesco.org/efa
 
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