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The EFA 2000 Assessment > Why is it important ?
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  Why is it important ?
   
    The global EFA 2000 Assessment, the unprecedented evaluation of basic education carried out in more than 180 countries, has been important for a number of reasons.
   
    The first was that it generated 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 enabled countries to monitor and measure their progress more closely and comprehensively.
   
    The second was that the assessment exercise produced a broad picture of the challenges that countries face, the various solutions they have found, and the partnerships that have developed in basic education.
   
    The final and most important was the 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.
   
    The 1990 World Conference on Education for All was a major milestone on the road towards the right to education for all people of all ages. The EFA 2000 Assessment measured how far we have come and gave a clearer idea of how long the road ahead will be.
   
  To know more: Sound policy-making in education requires good data
by Denise Lievesley, Director of UNESCO's new Institute for Statistics
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