Education for All (EFA)
Example: Sub-Saharan Africa
France cooperates with UNESCO to promote the implementation of better diagnostic tools and more effective planning for achieving the EFA goals. The project was implemented by the “Dakar Pole” and has allowed for the production of a regional report: “Education for All in Africa: paving the way for action”. It also contributed to the methods of statistical and financial assessments adopted for constructing sectoral policies in the following countries: Cameroon, Congo, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, and Tchad. Furthermore, a regional capacity building seminar on sector policies in education was organized for representatives from Benin, Chad, Congo, Mali, Maroc and Niger.
The decrease of knowledge is due to the long civil war and to the collapse of education system. Enrollment rates in Somalia are the weakest in the world.
In 2004, United Nations launched an appeal for Somalia to which the Department of International Development of the United Kingdom responded by funding the following projects:
- Production, printing and distribution of school books for 7th and 8th grades;
- Development of guidebooks for teachers;
- Strengthening of evaluation systems and exams.
Since 2003, UNESCO and Italy have been strengthening their cooperation in the field of Education for All in various countries in Africa. In Ethiopia the project supported Government’s Alternative Basic Education Programme (ABE) for underserved areas with low enrolments. The project activities included:
- Provision of low cost construction material for low cost community-base ABE learning centres;
- Preparation, adaptation and publication of ABE facilitator’s guidebooks and training in the use of the guidelines;
- Distribution of guides and textbooks;
- Development of indicators and methodologies for monitoring and evaluating the implementation of ABE programme and students achievement.