Saturday, August 06, 2005

Education for All background

This morning I woke up with an idea to change the name of our Reducing Illiteracy Project. The current name Education for All is not exact since the program is only for those who need it – not for all. I thought maybe Reducing Illiteracy by Free Distant Learning will be a more suitable name.

Anyhow, I decided first of all to check what is already known on the Web about all this and I entered the keywords: Education for All into QTSaver. (I asked for a whole phrase). I expected to get an empty results page but it was full of useful information about things that were done in the world in this area.

From the LEADS (a list of special words QTSaver supplies for further research) I learned that Education for All is called briefly by its acronym: EFA.

Education for All movement took off at the World Conference on Education for All in 1990 in Jomtien, Tailand. Representatives from 155 countries and 150 organizations pledged to provide education for all by the year 2000, but The World Education Forum 2000 on 26-28 April 2000, Dakar, Senegal, committed governments to achieving quality basic Education For All by 2015.

April 6 - 13, 2003 - (UNESCO): Global EFA Week is celebrated each year on or around the anniversary of the World Education Forum. It is intended to remind the goal of EFA by 2015.

2002 Monitoring Report: some 83 countries are on track to achieve EFA by the deadline of 2015 set at the World Education Forum in Dakar (Senegal) in 2000. more than 70 other countries will not make it.

Peter Smith, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education called for more resources EFA on July 21, 2005.

Other related projects:
UN Millennium Project
Paris Declaration on enhancing aid effectiveness
UK Commission for Africa

Analyzing the links showed that the key players are: UNESCO and the World-Bank and there is EFA activity in India.

1 comment:

The Daily Wondir said...

I definitely like the new abstract name, especially given your aims. I'll certainly blog about it at WondiringWondiring when I can.