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World Education Forum, April 2000
  The culmination of the global EFA 2000 Assessment, the World Education Forum, will take place in Dakar, Senegal, 26 to 28 April 2000. The world community will gather to examine the results of this ambitious exercise and frame a new action plan for education in the twenty-first century.
  The World Education Forum will draw its inspiration and momentum essentially from the presence of political leaders, key multilateral agencies and bilateral donors, as well as representatives of business corporations and international media. Kofi Annan has been invited to give the keynote address, and the heads of the Forum's five convening agencies (UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF and the World Bank) will attend. The Forum will build on the input from country EFA reports and regional EFA meetings held prior to the conference.
EFA Drafting group to propose new action plan
  The EFA Forum Secretariat has established an EFA drafting committee to come up with a proposal for a new action plan for education in the twenty-first century. At its first meeting in London in the beginning of September the committee agreed that a new action plan should be more specific and more action-oriented, and should present clear commitments from the international community.
  The committee proposes to include the following themes in a new plan: early childhood education, universal primary education, youth and adult literacy, the gender gap and the quality of education. Cross-cutting issues such as mobilization of human and financial resources, new information technologies, good governance and teachers will also be part of the proposal.
  The draft action plan will be presented to the EFA Forum Steering Committee at its next meeting in Paris (4-5 October 1999). Members of the committee are: UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF, the World Bank, SIDA, DFID, and the Dutch Development Co-operation, as well as representatives from the South and non-governmental organizations.
Final countdown
  The deadline for country EFA reports is approaching. In the coming weeks, the some 180 countries participating in the global EFA 2000 Assessment of progress made in basic education in the 1990s are expected to submit their national reports. The reports will analyse the problems encountered, the areas in which progress has been registered, and the human and financial resources needed to achieve basic education for all.
  In the past months, ten regional technical advisory groups (RTAGs) have organized fifteen technical workshops and reviewed seventy-six draft reports. In some regions such as East Asia and the Pacific, RTAGs have employed consultants specifically to assist the national EFA assessment teams to improve the quality of the drafts. In other regions, RTAGs have contacted UNESCO's new Institute for Statistics for assistance in reviewing the statistical data from the countries.
  All national reports should be sent to the nearest RTAG and to the EFA Forum Secretariat, both as hard copy and electronically. UNESCO's new Institute for Statistics will also receive a copy for reference. Based on the reports, consultants will write regional synthesis reports, which will be presented and discussed at the up-coming regional EFA meetings. All national reports will be available on a CD-ROM and on the EFA Forum web site prior to the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, next April.
Regional EFA meetings
  1-3 December 1999: The E9 Meeting in Recife, Brazil, organized jointly with the UNESCO/OECD World Education Indicators project.
  6-10 December 1999: The All-African Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, organized back to back with the biennial conference of the Association for Development of Education in Africa (ADEA) .
  17-20 January 2000: Regional EFA Meeting for Asia and the Pacific in Bangkok, Thailand.
  24-27 January 2000: Regional EFA Meeting for the Arab States and North Africa in Cairo, Egypt.
  Early February 2000 (exact dates to be communicated shortly).
  Regional EFA Meeting for Europe and North America in Warsaw, Poland. .
  Regional EFA Meeting for Latin America and Caribbean in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic.
  In addition, a sub-regional meeting on EFA in the Caribbean will take place in Kingston, Jamaica, from 6 to 10 December 1999.
  The RTAGs are in charge of organizing and mobilizing financial resources for the regional EFA meetings. It has been decided that the agenda, while not limiting itself to the following items, should review statistical evidence from country reports on educational development since 1990; look at challenges in the years to come, including economic, social, demographic, environmental etc issues; and formulate educational priorities and strategies. The meetings will also discuss issues of special interest and matters relevant to local socio/political and economic circumstances.
  The regional meetings will serve as a major input to the World Education Forum in Dakar next April and will discuss a draft action plan for education in the twenty-first century. Moreover, it is hoped that the meetings will accelerate the Education for All process in each region.
Thematic studies
  Most of the fourteen thematic studies on educational issues of global concern are now in a stage of early draft and some of the organizing agencies (mostly multilateral and bilateral donor agencies) will call for review meetings of the drafts. The studies will be presented at the regional EFA meetings and will probably be discussed during specific roundtables.
Up-coming EFA 2000 analyses the EFA 2000 Assessment
  The October issue of EFA 2000, the global newsletter on Education for All, analyses the global EFA 2000 Assessment process. It gives an overview of the impressive amount of Assessment activities undertaken at national, regional and global level in the past year. It also includes an opinion article by Denise Lievesley, the director of UNESCO's newly established Institute for Statistics. The issue will be available online at as of 10 October 1999.
Media mobilization in Asia
  As part of the EFA Forum’s advocacy strategy for basic education, a workshop for Asian education journalists was organized in co-operation with the Asian Media Information and Communication Centre (AMIC), Singapore, in Calcutta, India. Participants from the major English-language newspapers and press agencies from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Malaysia were invited to talk about the importance of quality reporting on education. They were also briefed on the EFA 2000 Assessment activities. A newsletter, EDUSEARCH, was written and printed during the workshop and the participating journalists decided to create a network of education journalists in South-East Asia. The network will be co-ordinated by Manesh Shresta, Himal Association, Nepal.
New literacy initiative launched
  The Education for All Forum, along with the World Association of Newspapers and UNESCO, recently launched a new worldwide literacy initiative that will ask young people "What if there were nothing to read?".
  "We hope to persuade hundreds of newspapers across the world to co-operate with this project and to address their young readers, both directly through their own columns and through their established links with teachers and schools," said the WAN Director General, Timothy Balding, at a UNESCO ceremony marking International Literacy Day on 8 September 1999.
  The Paris-based WAN, which represents 17,000 daily newspapers in 93 countries, will ask newspapers to print the question and encourage children to respond, as well as to pursue the project in schools through their Newspapers in Education programmes.
  The EFA Forum, UNESCO and WAN will present the results of the survey at the World Education Forum in April 2000. "The hope is that the survey will give the world community a chance to better understand the importance of literacy in young people's lives," said Svein Osttveit, Executive Secretary of the EFA Forum.
Joint letter to the editor in the Financial Times
  On the occasion of International Literacy Day (8 September 1999) the Financial Times published a letter to the editor signed by the heads of the EFA Forum's five convening agencies. The letter, entitled 'Investment in Education Funds the Future', draws attention to the urgent need for the private sector to invest in a literate world. "We call on the corporate sector to undertake the deliberate act of educational sponsorship," the convenors state.
Staff members of the EFA Forum Secretariat:
Executive Secretary:
Svein Osttveit

Deputy Executive Secretaries:
Ulrika Peppler Barry

Information Officer:
Anne Müller

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

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