13.12.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Is education in Nepal truly for all? EFA Consultation Meeting, 16 and 17 December 2013

Will Nepal achieve the goals for making education a reality for all by 2015? This is the main question, which officials from the Ministry of Education and its institutions, education experts and other stakeholders will address at a two day consultation at Hotel Annapurna in Kathmandu on 16 and 17 December 2013.

The consultation will focus on the preparation of Nepal’s review of how the country has progressed in implementing the six goals for Education for All (EFA), that were adopted in 2000 by the international community. The event is organized the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu and the Ministry of Education.

The overarching aim of the workshop is to enhance Nepal’s capacity to undertake a systematic review of its progress towards the EFA goals. It will introduce practical methods and processes for carrying out quantitative and qualitative assessments and strategies and provide a frame for discussing policy options for the acceleration of EFA.  It will also provide an occasion to formulate inputs for the national and international debates on the post-2015 education agenda.

“As we approach 2015, there is a need to take stock of how we have delivered on our commitments to achieve the Education for All goals and to critically review the enablers and impediments towards meeting EFA targets”, says Tap Raj Pant from the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu.

The meeting forms part of a UNESCO initiative to help Member States conduct a critical review of EFA progress at the national level, taking into account sub-national disparities. Findings of the EFA progress reviews will lead to a better understanding of the bottlenecks in providing quality learning for all and the implications for the future education agenda at the country level and in the region.

About Education for All

The Education for All movement is a global commitment to provide quality basic education for all children, youth and adults. The movement was launched at the World Conference on Education for All in 1990 by UNESCO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and the World Bank. Participants endorsed an 'expanded vision of learning' and pledged to universalize primary education and massively reduce illiteracy by the end of the decade.

Ten years later, with many countries far from having reached this goal, the international community met again in Dakar, Senegal, and affirmed their commitment to achieving Education for All by the year 2015. They identified six key education goals which aim to meet the learning needs of all children, youth and adults by 2015.

The six goals are  Expand early childhood care and education;  Provide free and compulsory primary education for all; Promote learning and life skills for young people and adults;  Increase adult literacy by 50 per cent; Achieve gender parity by 2005, gender equality by 2015 and  Improve the quality of education[


For media enquiries, please contact:

Tap Raj Pant

National Programme Officer (Education) 
P.O.Box 14391, Kathmandu
Tel.: + 977 1 5554769, 5554396 ext. 14
Fax: + 977 1 5554450



Kathmandu, 13 December 2013

Press Release UNESCO/KAT 23/2013

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