Education for All Fast Track Initiative Working Group


Working Group Tasks

  • Analyse the extent to which the education sector plans of the newly endorsed FTI countries address HIV and AIDS;
  • Support FTI partners to mainstream HIV in education sector plans through IATT Mainstreaming Toolkit and through partnership with UNGEI and other agencies to address equity issues in ESPs;
  • Review upcoming endorsed FTI proposals to ensure HIV is addressed;
  • Provide support to upcoming countries for FTI endorsement;
  • Review guidelines and template for endorsement.

Education Sector Responsiveness to HIV and AIDS

This working group began with an assessment of the responsiveness  of education sector plans to HIV. The report seeks to:

  • Determine the extent to which the education sector plans of the newly endorsed Fast Track Initiative (FTI) countries address HIV and AIDS and assess progress since the last review in integrating HIV and AIDS in the 12 initial country plans. This analysis can include recommendations on strengthening the FTI endorsement process with regards to HIV and AIDS if the consultants deem this is lacking.
  • Make recommendations on how the FTI can support the mainstreaming of HIV and AIDS within education during the implementation of the FTI education plans.

The first study was completed in October 2004 and found that the initial 12 endorsed plans did not adequately address HIV; recommendations were made to strengthen FTI processes.

The second assessment reviews the 8 country education sector plans, which were endorsed by EFA-FTI between October 2004 and November 2006. The second assessment is a collaboration between the UNAIDS Inter-Agency Task Team (IATT) on Education and the EFA-FTI. It has been taken forward by a working group of the IATT, with representatives of Ireland and Canada serving as the bridge to the FTI Partnership.

The review considers a specific set of FTI-related documentation and should not be interpreted as a judgement regarding a country's overall policies or capacity.

Assessment of the Responsivemess of Endorsed Education Sector Plans to HIV and AIDS (pdf)

Equity and Inclusion in Education

The IATT on Education in collaboration with the United Nations Girls' Education Initiative, the Global Task Force against Child Labour and the Disabilities Flagship have developed these tools to support governments, their development partners and other stakeholders to address equity and inclusion in education sector plans. They will be piloted at country level in 2009 and may be revised thereafter.

As progress is made towards the Education for All and Millennium Development goals, including universal primary education and gender parity at all levels of education, increasing attention is being given to those children who are still out of school, are particularly hard to reach and are at risk of being excluded, marginalised or otherwise disadvantaged in relation to education. Even when children attend school, they may not complete the full cycle of primary education and may not experience or achieve learning of good quality.

Some groups of children are particularly at risk of not attending or completing school, such as children from poorer families, those in remote rural communities, girls, children infected or affected by HIV and AIDS, children with disabilities, children undertaking paid or domestic labour, children from ethnic or other minority groups and children in countries affected by conflict.

Greater equity and inclusion in education are therefore now a priority in many countries.

Equity and Inclusion in Education: Tools to support education sector planning and evaluation (pdf)


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