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Title: South Asia EFA MidTerm Policy Review Conference

Reaching the Unreached and the
Under-servedVision, Policy and Strategyfor
Achieving EFA Ko-Chih R. Tung,
Ph.D.Asia-Pacific Regional AdvisorAssessment,
Information System, Monitoring and Statistics
  • South Asia EFA Mid-Term Policy Review Conference
  • 16-19 June 2008
  • Kathmandu, Nepal

Education for All Goals
  • 1. Expand and improve comprehensive early
    childhood care and education, especially for the
    most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
  • 2. Ensure that by 2015 all children,
    particularly girls, children in difficult
    circumstances and those belonging to ethnic
    minorities, have access to and complete free and
    compulsory primary education of good quality.
  • 3. Ensure that the learning needs of all young
    people and adults are met through equitable
    access to appropriate learning and life skills
  • 4. Achieve a 50 improvement in levels of adult
    literacy by 2015, especially for women, and
    equitable access to basic and continuing
    education for all adults.
  • 5. Eliminate gender disparities in primary and
    secondary education by 2005, and achieve gender
    equality in education by 2015.
  • Improve all aspects of the quality of education
    and ensure excellence of all so that recognized
    and measurable learning outcomes are achieved by
    all, especially in literacy, numeracy and
    essential life skills.

Institutionalizing Dakar follow-up strategy 11
for systematic monitoring of EFA progress
  • EFA HLG Task Force, UNESCO 2002
  • Strategy 11 systematically monitor progress
    towards EFA goals and strategies at the national,
    regional and international levels.
  • The regular and systematic monitoring of EFA
    progress constitutes a central strategy for
    achieving Education for All by 2015

Monitoring at the global,regional and national
  • International EFA Global Monitoring Report (GMR)
  • Regional bureaux with regionally-based partners
    and countries on sub-regional and regional issues
  • National monitoring and assessment of national
    and sub-national issues for setting priorities,
    resource allocation, accountability between EFA
  • Build capacity in statistics, data-based policy
    analysis, monitoring, evaluation, and assessment
    of impact on all learners and targeted segments
    of the society.

Global EFA Working GroupEFA Global Action and
RASEP18 July 2006
UN EFA Global Action Plan (GAP)
  • EFA Conveners
  • The World Bank
  • UNDP

EFA convening agencies broad areas of support
to EFA
UNESCO coordinating, convening, monitoring,
developing capacity, policy input
UNESCO will support these directions in the
following ways
  • Capacity development at the regional and national
  • in-country capacity to plan, to manage, and to
    conduct research and evaluation programmes on the
    effect of education at all levels
  • its own role and capacity to provide policy
    advice based on rigorous analysis
  • Monitoring and evaluation
  • as part of the 2008 Review and Stocktaking of
    EFA Progress (RASEP) and a longer-term cycle of
    national and regional reviews,
  • develop a framework and network for the
    monitoring and evaluation of EFA
  • National planning
  • strengthen national educational planning, by
    improving the basis for national educational
    needs assessment
  • using UNESS in line with national priorities and
    as input into CCA/UNDAF processes.
  • The UNESCO Education Portal
  • clearinghouse, sharing knowledge, dissemination,
    exchange and learning among EFA partners,
    UNESCOs strategic objectives
  • Accountability to and partnership with Member
  • regular monitoring and evaluation of the impact
    of UNESCOs interventions will be carried out in
    conjunction with Ministers of Education.

Regional and sub-regional reports
  • based on the national MDAs, countries agendas
    and targets, tailored to the countries contexts
    and particular needs.
  • highlight issues, analysis of successes and
    failures, good practices and remaining obstacles,
  • taking into consideration national disparities,
    local concerns, and specific policy implications.

Regional EFA Network
  • Thematic Working Group on EFA
  • Co-chaired by UNESCO and UNICEF
  • Composed of UN and CSO/NGO partners in EFA
  • Focuses on agency coordination, collaboration and
    information sharing
  • Coordinates inter-agency support for the EFA
    Mid-Decade Assessment in Asia and the Pacific

Regional TWG on EFA Members
  • FAO
  • ILO
  • UNEP
  • UNDP/Thailand Resident Coordinators Office
  • World Bank
  • World Food Programme
  • ASPBAE-Global Campaign for Education
  • Action Aid Thailand
  • Bahai International
  • CBM/International Council for Education of People
    with Visual Impairment
  • International Movement ATD Fourth World
  • Plan International Asia
  • Rehabilitation International
  • SIL International
  • World Vision Foundation of Thailand

UNESCO AP Regional Bureau for Education EFA
coordination capacity building network
  • Within UNESCO AP Region
  • UIS Assessment, Information, Monitoring
    Statistics (AIMS)
  • AP Education for All (APEAL)
  • Education Policy Research (EPR)
  • AP Educational Innovation and Development (APEID)
  • Cluster and Field Offices
  • Ministries and national organizations,
    stakeholder groups
  • Regional and Sub-Regional WGs of EFA Supporting
  • Regional EFA TWG, Co-Chairs UNESCO and UNICEF
  • UNESCO UIS, EFA Global Monitoring Group and EFA
  • Regional/ Sub-Regional EFA coordinators, planners
    and statisticians

Theme Reaching the Un-reachedDisparities in
Access to Quality Education
  • to identify problems, issues, policies and
    strategies of education reform
  • to ensure that education will reach the
    un-reached groups.
  • To inform the mid-term review of national
    education policy against the findings of the
    national assessment report
  • to better formulate appropriate policies for
    attaining EFA by the year 2015.

EFA Mid-Decade Assessment Framework
  • Framework for the Assessment Inclusive Education
  • in a Lifelong Perspective
  • a focus on the diversity of learning needs of
    sub-populations (e.g., the disabled, linguistic
    and ethnic minorities, girls and women,
    disadvantaged groups)
  • provision of quality education for all learners
  • The MDA aims to answer
  • Which children are not in school/learning
  • What inhibits their full participation?
  • Who should be targeted as a priority?
  • How can we improve quality and equality?
  • How do we cost, budget and finance EFA?

Analysis of Implementation of EFA Policy and EFA
EFA Mid-Decade Assessment Objectives
  • Build national capacity to undertake ME, MDA
    Mid-Term Policy Reviews
  • Assess progress and gaps in the achievement of
    the national and global targets of EFA
  • Identify and locate the remaining gaps in terms
    of quality and equity sub-nationally, with a
    focus on disadvantaged and excluded populations
  • Review, identify and locate problems, issues,
    policies, strategies, actions and critical
    factors of success/failure
  • Use results of the assessment to sharpen the
    focus and update policies and strategies for
    attaining the EFA goals and the MDGs by 2015

Organization at the Country Level Statistics,
Analysis Report Writing
Timeline and Milestones for national and
regional assessment
Policy Review
Module development, case studies
initial outline with raw data
analytical and politically-anchored reports
Sub-/Regional MTR policy reviews
Asia-Pacific MDA Process
  • The Bangkok or Asian model
  • Development of national capacity in
  • statistics, indicators and policy analysis
  • monitoring and evaluation of implementation
  • assessment of impact in attaining the EFA goals,
    with regard to all learners and specifically
    targeted populations
  • Country-led MDA and policy reviews
  • Problem-solving approach
  • analysing sub-national disparities in
    implementation and outcomes
  • identifying critical factors and obstacles to
    achieving the EFA goals
  • locating the under-served and unreached target
  • Supported by
  • training and production workshops
  • Technical Support Groups organised by a regional
    Thematic Working Group on EFA
  • the collaboration of UNESCO and UNICEF.

MDA Reports in South Asia
  • National MDA reports
  • Congratulations for the completion of their
  • Completed Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan
    and Sri Lanka
  • Government officially endorsed Bangladesh and
  • Published Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Nepal
  • Still finalizing Maldives and India
  • South Asia Sub-Regional Synthesis Report
  • almost finalized, by James Jennings after this
  • Thanks to national MDA writers, commentators and
    partners for their comments.

Mid-Term Policy Review Objectives
  • Using results of the national and sub-regional
    EFA MDA and the 2008 Global Monitoring Reports,
    with regard to the reached and the under-served
    target groups,
  • Review and make an inventory of existing policies
    and practices and identify gaps in policy and
  • Propose specific targeted policy and strategy
    recommendations and action plans
  • With the support of TWG on EFA Members, NGO and
    civil society representatives and EFA partners.
  • Share national EFA MDA reports and an opportunity
    to incorporate and strengthen policy
    recommendations identified in the national
    reports for countries that have yet to finalize
    their reports.
  • Enhance capacities in ME and policy analysis,
    particularly in the analysis of disparities in
    education in relation to the EFA goals and to
    prepare policy actions for the remaining period
    toward the 2015 targets.

The cross-cutting issues in Lifelong Perspective
  • inclusive education and access, opening school to
    diversity and expanding early childhood education
    and secondary education
  • participation and learning among the
    under-represented gender, castes, classes, races
    and ethno-linguistic minorities
  • improving adult literacy (and student
    performance?) in multi-lingual areas through
    mother-tongue as medium of instruction
  • improving quality of education, especially
    teacher training and learning achievement
  • financing EFA for reaching the poor, including
    governance, decentralization and accountability

EFA MDA and Policy Review
  • Results of national and sub-regional EFA MDA and
    the 2008 Global Monitoring Report used for policy
  • Recommendations for adjustments in terms of
  • Target-setting, with specific references to
    priority target groups
  • Strategies for attaining the unattained and
    reaching the un-reached
  • A schedule of milestones to be attained over the
    remaining period
  • Sub-Regional EFA Mid-Term Policy Reviews to be
    conducted in Asia-Pacific (the first held in
    Southeast Asia in February)

Policy and Strategy RecommendationsSouth Asia
EFA Policy Review would have
  • Identified specific target groups in particular,
    unreached and disadvantaged populations
  • Defined Inclusive Education and Quality of
    education in regional and national context
  • Identified critical issues / major challenges
    using a lifelong learning approach
  • Recommended policies and strategies on how to
    address these issues
  • Identified good practices and innovative ideas

Expected outputs
  • Policy and strategy recommendations to address
    the challenges of meeting the unreached in
  • Targeted projects, activities at the national and
    sub-regional level to address the challenges of
    meeting the unreached in education in relation to
    the policy and strategy recommendations
  • Feedback from the countries on the 2008 EFA
    Global Monitoring Report findings

Agenda timetable and procedure
Group Work
Action Plans
Day 4
Day 3
Day 2
Review MDA Reports on remaining disparities
Stocktaking disparity issues, policies
Recommend good-practices policies and strategies
Country regional action plans