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Education for All

  1. Education for All Goals
  2. The UK
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An expanded vision of learning which is inclusive of everyone, wherever they are, is at the heart of Education for All. It is our greatest light and hope.

The Education for All (EFA) movement is a global commitment aimed at ensuring quality basic education for all children, youths and adults. The movement was launched at the World Conference on Education for All in 1990 by 155 countries and international organisations, including UNESCO.  It was here that participants pledged to universalise primary education and substantially reduce illiteracy by the end of the decade.

With many countries still a long way from reaching this goal, the international community’s commitment to achieving EFA was upheld when they met again at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal, in 2000. They identified six key education goals which aim to meet the learning needs of all children, youths and adults by the year 2015. UNESCO currently leads global efforts to achieve these goals.

The six EFA goals

  • Goal 1 – Expand early childhood care and education
  • Goal 2 – Provide free and compulsory primary education for all
  • Goal 3 – Promote learning and life skills for young people and adults
  • Goal 4 – Increase adult literary by 50%
  • Goal 5 – Achieve gender parity in education by 2005, gender equality by 2015
  • Goal 6 – Improve the quality of education

UNESCO measures advancements in achieving EFA through its annual Global Monitoring Report (GMR). This is the prime instrument for assessing the progress that countries and agencies are making towards these six EFA goals.

The UK

As a world leader in educational research and provision, the UK has an important role to play in the realisation of EFA, particularly in Africa.

The UKNC works closely with the UK Department for International Development (DFID) and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), as well as the EFA Global Monitoring Report team in UNESCO.

The UKNC supports an annual Global Monitoring Report colloquium, which gathers UK and international expertise to critically review and input into UNESCO’s Global Monitoring Report.

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Inputting into the Global Monitoring Report
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Facilitating the UK's contribution towards an effective and impactful Global Monitoring Report (GMR)
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    • Breaking Barriers: Education for marginalized children in Kenya

    • Interview Kevin Watkins – EFA/Global Monitoring Report Director

    • Reaching the Marginalized



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