» Senegal's Education Partners endorse the 2018-2030 Education Sector Plan
27.08.2018 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Senegal's Education Partners endorse the 2018-2030 Education Sector Plan

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UNESCO, as the lead agency of Senegal's Education Development Partners (DPs) and the Coordinating Agency of the Local Education Group (LEG), organized a meeting on August 20, 2018 in Dakar to endorse the updated Programme for the Improvement of Quality, Equity and Transparency in Education and Training (PAQUET-EF), which aims to ensure quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.

The Government of Senegal has established education and training as a priority sector for human capital development, the second pillar of Senegal’s national development programme, or Plan Senegal Emergent (PSE). Thus, in 2012, after the evaluation of the Ten-Year Education and Training Programme 2000-2012, Senegal set forth a new education policy agenda for 2025, by issuing the Sector-wide Education Policy Letter in January 2013, and developing an education and training sector plan, the Programme for the Improvement of Quality, Equity and Transparency in Education and Training (PAQUET-EF) (2013-2025). 

The evaluation of the first phase (2013-2015) of the PAQUET-EF revealed the need to incorporate into education policies the new directions of global, regional and national development agendas that have impacted the education system. These include the Agenda 2030 (Sustainable Development Goal 4), the African Union's Agenda 2063 and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA)'s harmonized public finance framework. The revision of the programme was also based on the PSE, Act III of the decentralization of the National Congress on Education and Training, the National Consultation on the Future of Higher Education (CNAES), and the Environmental, Agricultural and Farming Census (RGPHAE).

After the most recent update, the documents constituting the PAQUET-EF (2018-2030) were reviewed through an external evaluation, according to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE)'s criteria, as defined in the Guide for the Evaluation of an Education Sector Plan (GPE/UNESCO, 2015). External evaluators then produced an interim evaluation report, including a number of recommendations for improvement of the revised PAQUET-EF. National authorities and partners have improved the PAQUET-EF documents accordingly, as presented in the "Memorandum of Consideration of the External Evaluation's Recommendations." 

The DPs, who accompanied the Senegalese Government in updating the PAQUET-EF, will also support its implementation, as Mr. Gwang-Chol Chang, Acting Director of UNESCO Dakar, highlighted: "To date, the DPs’ intentions to contribute to financing, for the same period, already amount to 268 billion CFA." Continuing his remark, he added: "I would like to recall that our financial contribution, as has always been the case, will be accompanied by technical support, in particular through the provision of the necessary expertise for the proper implementation of the plan, as well as for capacity strengthening on the national side.”

A total of seventeen partner organizations endorsed the 2018-2030 PAQUET-EF at the meeting. The next step will be to submit a funding request to the GPE, which provides financial and technical support to developing country partners to facilitate the preparation, implementation and monitoring of education sector plans (ESPs) and education transition plans (ETPs), in order to access $42.6 million USD that will accompany the implementation of the PAQUET-EF plan in its second phase.

 

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/dakar/about-this-office/single-view/news/lunesco_devient_le_nouveau_chef_de_file_des_partenaires_t/

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/dakar/about-this-office/single-view/news/senegal_education_accounts_tracking_the_full_range_of_educa/

http://www.unesco.org/new/en/dakar/education/sector-wide-policy-and-planning/




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