09.10.2012 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Conference to speed up progress towards Education for All in Africa

All African children have the right to education © UNESCO/Anne Müller

Representatives from the 47 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, regional coordination mechanisms and development partners will meet in Johannesburg, South Africa from 16-19 October 2012.

They will decide together on the ways and means to speed up progress towards the Education for All 2015 goals. They will also discuss the post-15 agenda for education in Africa.

The conference is organized by the EFA Convenors (UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNICEF and the World Bank) in collaboration with the other development partners including the African Development Bank, ADEA, ILO, FAWE and ANCEFA.

The Johannesburg meeting aims at:

  • Reviewing the EFA coordination mechanisms in sub-Saharan Africa and proposing new means to reinforce them;
  • Contributing to the report on Education For All in Africa;
  • Preparing an action plan to speed up progress towards the EFA 2015 objectives (taking into consideration the UN Secretary-General’s new initiative on education, Education First;
  • Making recommendations for the post-2015 agenda for education in Africa

Identifying Africa’s concern

UNESCO's Regional Office in Dakar is publishing a series of country profiles to assess how far African countries have progressed towards the six Education for All goals by 2015.

Remarkable efforts have been made in sub-Saharan Africa since 2000 and significant progress has been accomplished. However, as several reports point out, including the Education for All country profiles prepared by UNESCO, it is a serious challenge for most countries in the region to achieve the EFA goals by 2015.The meeting will identify specific priorities and concerns in Africa that will feed into the EFA global coordination meeting to be held in November 2012 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Significant improvements needed

“A wide-ranging improvement in education is a prerequisite to reach a level of sustainable growth that is high enough to reduce poverty and help establishing more integrative, democratic and equitable societies,” says Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, Director of UNESCO’s Regional Office in Dakar.

She adds that we all (countries, the African Union, regional economic communities, UN agencies, government organisations, NGOs, base communities, the private sector etc.) have to increase our efforts in Africa and speed up progress for the countries to come as close as possible to the EFA goals, if not achieving them.

Launch of EFA Global Monitoring Report 2012

The EFA regional coordination meeting for sub-Saharan Africa will begin with the launch of the EFA Global Monitoring Report 2012 which this year focuses on Youth and Skills: Putting education to work. 

The launch will take place in Soweto – where the needs for education among youth and adults are far from being satisfied. 

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