UNESCO’s Capacity Building for EFA project contributed to strengthen capacity of non-formal education sub-sector in Nepal
Key findings of the evaluation of UNESCO’s Capacity Building for Education for All (CapEFA) project “Building Capacities for Strengthening Literacy and Lifelong Learning in Nepal” were shared with the key stakeholders amidst a programme organized on 9 April 2014 in Kathmandu in collaboration with the Non-Formal Education Centre (NFEC) and the Ministry of Education.
In her welcome remarks, Amita Vohra, Officer-In-Charge of the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu said that abitious initiatives, such as the literacy campaign in 2008–2010 and the Literate Nepal Mission, were launched by the government of Nepal. “They are necessary as illiteracy remains a persistent development challenge,” she said.
Highlighting on the CapEFA project she said, “We have also developed plans to meet the identified capacity gaps. The plans will guide us in the design of a new CapEFA project, which this time will be entirely devoted to capacity development of the non-formal education sector.”
“We are certain that the project has been helping the government to efficiently plan, implement, monitor, and evaluate literacy and lifelong learning programmes, and we have made a substantial contribution to implement the Literate Nepal Mission,” she said.
Delivering his opening remarks, Baburam Paudel, Director of the NFEC said, “The Government of Nepal is working to create a Literate Nepal according to the commitment expressed at the world education forum.” As the target set by the Government of Nepal to literate all Nepalis by 2015 is approaching, the government is working to fulfil the gaps that remained in the past. He also said that the support of UNESCO through the CapEFA project has facilitated the government to move ahead to achieve its target. “The recommendations made at the end of the CapEFA first phase was well incorporated in the second phase, which has helped us to achieve a higher target,” he added. He pledged for the continuous collaboration of the NFEC with the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu during the third phase of the CapEFA project.
Sharing his final evaluation of the project, independent external consultant Alexander G. Flor said that all concerns raised at the end of the first phase of the CapEFA project were fully addressed in the second phase. “Credibility has been enhanced. Partnerships have been established and networks have been expanded,” he said adding, “NFEC owns the project and an equivalency framework for Nepal has been developed under the project.”
CapEFA Phase II has achieved its outcomes to a very high degree. However, there is still much to be done for the non-formal education sub sector of Nepal, he said adding, “If a CapEFA Phase III will be considered, then it should invest on the different capacity development components like mainstreaming of the NFE-MIS, promotion of family literacy and documentation of best practice, strategic support to model Community Learning Centres, institutional strengthening on results-based management.”
In the programme, Tap Raj Pant, National Programme Officer for Education at the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu, shared about the overall CapEFA project and its activities, progress and achievements, and the project monitoring procedure.
Similarly, Bruno Mesquita Valle, from the UNESCO Headquarters shared the global experiences on the CapEFA and lessons learned from other CapEFA countries which are working in the area of literacy.
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