Regional Education for All Forum A road map towards 2015 and beyond
UNESCO Beirut Office, in collaboration with UNESCO Cairo, organized the EFA regional forum on 15-16 October 2012 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. The overall objective of the meeting was to encourage countries to plan and implement the 2015 EFA assessment and contribute to setting the post-2015 agenda. Around sixty participants attended the EFA Regional Forum including national delegations from 17 Arab countries (including EFA national coordinators), representatives from EFA partners and regional agencies (UNESCO, UNICEF, World Bank, ABEGS, ALECSO, ISESCO, and the League of Arab States-LAS), education specialists and experts and representatives from regional NGOs.
The main topics and issues discussed in the Forum were about the EFA Post-2015 agenda, the road map towards 2015, the revised global EFA coordination mechanisms and a regional overview on EFA monitoring mechanisms.
The main outcomes and recommendations of the meeting are: ·
- UNESCO will provide member States with technical guidelines regarding the preparation of the national EFA assessment in early 2013;
- The national EFA review will be undertaken from early 2013 and national reports should be developed before June 2014. Countries are encouraged to launch the national EFA review by organizing national forums to explain the purpose and the scope of the assessment and to mobilize national stakeholders;
- A series of national dialogues will be carried out to contribute this process, including full participation of all EFA stakeholders. National reviews should include disaggregated data to map out who has been left out from the progress on EFA. These reviews should not only present what has been achieved but also how it has been achieved; ·
- UNESCO will organize EFA Regional conferences between June and September 2014 to review the EFA national reports and draw on an EFA regional agenda;
- A Global Conference on Education will be organized in April 2015 hosted by the Government of South Korea.
Recommendations for implementing the national assessment were made and many ideas about the right to basic education, regional cooperation and partnerships, youth, early childhood development, quality of education, the post 2015 education agenda and other important topics were discussed.