12.11.2013 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

Why do African countries engage in the Big Push Initiative?

So far, 19 countries in sub-Saharan Africa have engaged in the Big Push Initiative to accelerate Education for All progress on specific areas of their respective education plans.

In short video clips, representatives from four countries explain why they got engaged and what the Big Push Initiative means to them.

“The Big Push is an initiative that is quickening what we have been doing, it is like venturing into not so ordinary ways of doing things, exploring new avenues, think out of the box as to how to increase our steps to reach the 2015 EFA goals,” tells Mrs Hazel Zungu, Secretary-General of the Swaziland National Commission for UNESCO in one video clip.

Swaziland is specifically focusing on accelerating efforts in early childhood care and development, as part of the Big Push Initiative.

The other three countries featured in the video clips are Burkina Faso, Niger and Uganda.

The interviews were conducted during the 2nd Big Push Regional Meeting on Education for All in Luanda, Angola from 18 to 22 October 2013.




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