“Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges”

Following my last post mentioning that about 4 and half days of global military spending could pay for a quality education for all post 2015 -we can look at the details of the challenges that lie ahead:

2015 EFA Global Monitoring Report (GMR)
“Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges”


Just one third of countries have achieved all of the measurable Education for All (EFA) goals set in 2000. Only half of all countries have achieved the most watched goal of universal primary enrollment. An extra $22 billion a year is needed on top of already ambitious government contributions in order to ensure we achieve the new education targets now being set for the year 2030.

These are the key findings of the 2015 EFA Global Monitoring Report (GMR) “Education for All 2000-2015: Achievements and Challenges”, produced by UNESCO which has tracked progress on these goals for the past 15 years. The report  provides a complete assessment of progress since 2000 towards the target date for reaching the Dakar Framework’s goals. It takes stock of whether the world achieved the EFA goals and stakeholders upheld their commitments. It explains possible determinants of the pace of progress. Finally, it identifies key lessons for shaping the post-2015 global education agenda.

To access the report and many supporting resources, click here. 


Education For All (EFA) – 1000 days to MDG deadline and the Global Monitoring Report

The UN is reminding us that it is only 1000 days until the deadline for achieving the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs). Although human development does not progress by deadlines or is dictated by a centrally constructed calendar, it is worth taking stock on how ‘global priorities’ are being discussed and acted upon.

Education Counts

Towards the Millennium Development Goals – 2010 MDG Summit Exhibition “EDUCATION COUNTS Towards the Millennium Development Goals” was held in New York, 9 September – 20 November 2010

These info snippets can help focus attention on the value of education. The most chilling statistic is that global military spending increased by 6% since 2008 ,even with a financial crisis. Perhaps with more effective education mixed with increased emotional intelligence we would take Costa Rica’s lead in doing away with a military budget. We could then agree that the human species has truly evolved.

Infographics designed by Zago, New York

One extra year of schooling increases an individual’s earnings by up to 10%.

$16 billion a year in aid would send all children to school in low-income countries. This is about half of the amount Europeans and Americans spend on ice cream annually ($31 billion).

171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if all students in lowincome countries left school with basic reading skills – equivalent to a 12% cut in world poverty.

In Kenya, if women farmers are given the same level of education as their male partners, their yields for maize, beans and cowpeas increase by up to 22%.

In Latin America, children whose mothers have some secondary schooling remain in school for two  to three more years than children of mothers with less schooling.

A child born to a mother who can read is 50% more likely to survive past age 5.

In sub-Saharan Africa, an estimated 1.8 million children’s lives could have been saved in 2008 if their mothers had at least a secondary education.

Women with postprimary education are 5 times more likely than illiterate women to be educated on the topic of HIV and AIDS.

Worldwide military expenditure for 2009 was $1.5 trillion. Despite the financial crisis, this represents an increase of 6% in real terms compared to 2008. The increase in aid during the same period was only 0.7%

Education breakthroughs? 2015 and beyond….

Having just returned from Zimbabwe where the Government is attempting to put forward fundamental education reforms (new curricula, new teacher education strategy etc. It is worth considering the flurry of excitement about post 2015 initiatives. It seems that some of the failures (or lack of achievement) in terms of EFA and MDGs may be spurring all interested agencies to hold onto the gains made and extend the agenda.

It’s time for an Education Breakthrough: Coming Together for 2015 and the Agenda Beyond
Center for Universal Education at Brookings
The stars of the global development galaxy infrequently align to provide the education sector with an opportunity to advance progress for girls and boys around the world. However, there is currently a unique opportunity to put forth a common vision to reinforce the Education for All (EFA) and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), and to chart a forward-looking agenda for the post-2015 development goals that builds upon collective progress and lessons learned.

Three global policy windows are available to advance a common agenda:

  1. Discussions and processes for establishing a new set of global development goals, following the expiration of the MDGs in 2015, are underway in the United Nations.
  2. UNESCO has also started parallel conversations on the post-2015 EFA agenda.
  3. The U.N. Secretary General will soon launch a five-year global education initiative that will span the time period leading up to and following 2015.

To read the full opinion piece, click  here.

Education for All – Making the right to education part of every child’s reality. New publication

PUBLICATION: Education for All – Making the right to education part of every child’s reality
(Save the Children)  

With four years to go until the 2015 deadline to achieve universal primary education, there is a lot to celebrate. Out-of-school numbers have been dropping and progress has been made towards the Education for All goals. This brief highlights areas in need of greater attention and key recommendations to address challenges in ensuring all children are in school by 2015.


The full report is available here.



RESOURCE: Education for All in Asia-Pacific Newsletter (UNESCO)

From the recent INEE newsletter:

(UNESCO Bangkok)  
The Education Policy and Reform Unit has launched an EPR E-Newsletter to keep in touch and build networks with professionals in education sector. It is hoped to be a channel for knowledge and information exchange on education policy and reform among the professionals, keeping them informed of what’s happening in the field of education policy and management in the Asia and Pacific region, not only from the sector-wide perspective, but also in those critical to the crossroads of learning and life-such as secondary education as well as technical and vocational education and training.

To sign up for the newsletter and access the February 2011 issues, click here.

Education for All – JOMTIEN STATEMENT: Tenth Meeting of the High-Level Group on EFA


Some 40 global leaders attended the Tenth Meeting of the High-Level Group (HLG) on Education for All (EFA) from 22 to 24 March in Jomtien, Thailand. Jomtien was the site of the historical 1990 World Conference on Education where the EFA movement was launched. Two decades on, the aim of providing quality basic education for all children, youth and adults remains a major challenge.


Excerpt from the Statement:  7.    We can no longer turn a blind eye to the urgent need to protect education in conflict-affected and disaster-affected countries. Schools are targeted by combatants, and schoolchildren, especially girls, and female teachers, are particularly vulnerable in violent conflict situations. More effective monitoring systems in regard to human rights violations affecting education are required. Education can also play a significant part in building peace in fragile contexts when it communicates tolerance and mutual respect. We therefore appeal to the international community to support education in conflict situations and fragile contexts as an integral part of humanitarian assistance and reconstruction, and to give it far greater priority in financing requests and delivery.

Read about the meeting and download the statement here.


Football goals and education goals – EFA and MDGs

education goals

UNESCO has the mandate to coordinate support for achieving Education for All ‘goals’ by 2015 – take a look…

What do football and education have in common? Success in both is measured in goals.

To mark the occasion of the first World Cup to take place in Africa, as well as the priority that Africa represents for UNESCO, below is a selection of research, activities and projects carried out in Africa by the Organization’s Education Sector with a view of meeting the Education for All Goals as well as the Millennium Development Goals.

Related links

UNESCO supports “1 GOAL : Education for all”, a GCE-FIFA 2010 World Cup initiative

Facts and figures on education in sub-Saharan Africa (EFA Global Monitoring Report 2010)

Literacy Initiative for Empowerment in Africa

The Teacher Training Initiative for Sub-Saharan Africa

EDUCAIDS: School-centred HIV and AIDS care and support in Southern Africa

UNU and UNESCO African Education for Sustainable Development project