Strengthening capacities to develop and implement policies and plans within a lifelong learning framework in Southern Africa countries

One of the conclusions of the Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Ministerial Conference on Education Post-2015 held in Kigali, Rwanda 9-11 February 2015 is that the EFA agenda is an unfinished one. The Kigali statement pointed that “bearing in mind, the unfinished education agendas, there is a need to revisit our priorities, strategies and targets for post-2015 within a context of new perspectives and emerging challenges” (UNESCO, 2015).

In May 22, 2015, the World Education Forum concluded with the agreed Post 2015 Education Agenda and with it, the Framework of Action (UNESCO, 2015). This provided the global perspective from which national and regional initiatives could be developed to ensure the achievement of the Post 2015 goal on education. The development of policy guidelines for teachers and strengthening of EMIS to provide reliable and updated statistics to cover key themes of education were also among the key recommendations of the Southern Africa Regional Conference on Teachers held in Maputo, Mozambique on 26-28 August, 2015 (UNESCO, 2015).

Within the above framework of lifelong learning for all, UNESCO will focus on the following areas: policies and reform to address a whole range of issues including regional guidelines on educator training and capacity building; outlines of a regional teacher information system through robust data that could be disseminated and scaled up (including tools on how teacher targets and indicators could be developed to implement and monitor national teacher policies); capacity development for government staff to generate efficient data and its effective utilisation.

UNESCO’s support to sector wide policies and plans in the Southern Africa Region will focus on the following specific objectives and implementation strategies:

  • To participate in the formulation and/or review of sector wide policies and plans using a right based approach in order to strengthen national capacities to design and implement more equitable, inclusive and gender responsive education systems with a specific focus on marginalized populations;
  • To participate in the development of national capacities to implement extended basic education reforms, including the adoption of more inclusive and gender sensitive curricula that can strengthen the links between school and work;
  • To support the development and utilization of quality data for more inclusive, equitable and efficient education systems.

REFERENCES

UNESCO (2015) Incheon Declaration: World Education Forum, May 19-22, Incheon, South Korea, 2015.

UNESCO (2015) Ministerial Statement: Sub-Saharan Regional Ministerial Conference on Education Post-2015, February 9-11, Kigali, Rwanda, 2015.

UNESCO (2015) Policy recommendation: Report of the Southern Africa Regional Conference on Teachers, 26-28 August, Maputo, Mozambique

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