Regional strategies focus on working with a group of countries facing similar education challenges and the exchange of country experiences on innovative education delivery models, instructional approaches and learning contents.
Bangkok Regional Programme
Working with five LIFE countries (Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Papua New Guinea and Lao PDR) the Bangkok Regional Bureau provides technical expertise and strategic support to the literacy component in EFA National Plans of Action (NPA) and other educational frameworks and to mobilizing resources for literacy, particularly focusing on the capacities of NFE institutes at provincial, district and grassroots levels to contribute to decentralized planning, monitoring and evaluation of literacy and NFE plans, the promotion of Equivalency Programmes (EP) for lifelong learning and the establishment of certification linkages with literacy and post literacy programmes.
Beirut Regional Programme
The Beirut Regional Bureau contributes strategic support to CapEFA activities in Egypt, Iraq, Mauritania and Morocco, paying special attention to applying the UNESCO/IIEP policy guidelines on capacity-development to ensure systemic CD processes and approaches
A focus has been placed on reviewing and revising national literacy and NFE strategies in order to align them within broader national development frameworks and plans. Information on experiences in partnership arrangements, community mobilization and advocacy for literacy is also being compiled. In parallel, the programme offers support to the conduct of reviews of national literacy and NFE strategies and plans, including NFE-MIS and GIS, in Iraq, Sudan and Yemen.
Sharing of knowledge at regional level of materials and publications (teaching guides, learning materials and manuals) is a second dimension of Beirut Regional Bureau support to CapEFA.
TVET policy and strategy development in the SADC sub-region
The purposes of this Regional Programme are: to increase the knowledge base on the current status of TVET systems in SADC countries; to review existing TVET policy frameworks and strategies in light of African Union recommendations and lessons learnt for best practices within and beyond the SADC sub-region; to increase national capacity within SADC for policy and strategy development for both formal and non-formal TVET; to offer recommendations aiming at a framework that links formal and non-formal TVET and enhances mobility between the systems and within SADC countries
The Regional Evaluation of the EFA Mid-Decade Assessments in the Asia-Pacific Region
The programme sets out to evaluate and assess the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and impact of the EFA Mid-Decade Assessment (MDA) in the Asia-Pacific region and document good practices, lessons learned and recommendations for the next rounds of EFA assessment (2010 and 2015). The lessons learned from the MDA focus on the country, sub-regional and regional levels and cover aspects of data coverage, capacity development, EFA coordination, financing, support from EFA partners, public information, etc.
Looking into the future, the programme will offer recommendations for strengthening the end-of-decade (2010) and end-of-term (2015) assessments and offer findings on the effectiveness, efficiency, relevance and impact of the MDA.