03.12.2013 - UNESCO Office in Kathmandu

Progress of CapEFA initiative shared with donors

© UNESCO -Sharing meeting about the CapEFA project with donors

Representatives from the Embassies of Finland, Norway and Sweden met recently at the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu for a briefing on the project “Building capacities for strengthening literacy and lifelong learning in Nepal’, which UNESCO implements as part of its global initiative “Capacity building for Education for All”, to which the three countries contribute funds.

UNESCO cooperates with Nepal’s Non-for<a name="_GoBack"></a>mal Education Centre to support initiatives for providing literacy for all, especially the Literate Nepal Mission Campaign that aims to eradicate illiteracy in Nepal by 2015.

The majority of the activities is being implemented within the framework of the initiative “Capacity  Building for Education for All (CapEFA)”, an extra-budgetary funding mechanism and programmes approach, financed by the Governments of Denmark, Finland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland.

During the meeting, Tap Raj Pant from the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu presented an overview of UNESCO’s global CapEFA initiative and briefed the participants about progress of the national CapEFA project.

Achievements in 2013 included:

·         A comprehensive handbook on systematic monitoring and evaluation of non-formal education and literacy programmes was published;

·         A user-friendly software for the non-formal education management information system was developed and installed in all districts to collect non-formal education data;

·         Managers of Community Learning Centres (CLC) visited model CLCs and community based organizations in eight districts to share challenges and good practices to overcome them;

·         Computers, inverters and batteries were provided to strengthen five CLCs;

·         A new website of the Non-formal Education Centre was launched at http://nfec.gov.np;

·         Education experts undertook a mission to Uttarakhand and Madhya Pradesh, India, with the aim to understand the management and the implementation of the National Literacy Mission of India;

·         Literacy maps using Geographic Information System (GIS) and census data on literacy were developed to support the literacy acceleration plan;

·         Family literacy pilot initiatives were conducted in two sites, and family literacy teaching and learning materials were developed with the involvement of local experts and community members; and

·         The equivalency programmes were reviewed, and a framework and system for equivalency of non formal education was developed.

To accelerate progress towards the EFA goals, the CapEFA programme remains committed to supporting the priority countries up to 2015. The UNESCO Office in Kathmandu keeps mobilizing more resources and broadening the local donor base. 

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