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Education for All: Global Monitoring Report

Background to the Education for All Movement

The Education for All; (EfA) movement, launched at the World Conference on Education for All in 1990 by UNESCO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and the World Bank, is a global commitment to provide quality basic education for all children, youth and adults.

At the launch it was pledged to universalize primary education and massively reduce illiteracy by the end of that decade; 10 years laters however, at the World Education Forum in Dakar, many countries were far from reaching this goal, and so in 2000 6 refined goals were agreed by the participating countries that they (the Governments, development agencies, civil society and the private sector of these countries) would aim to meet by 2015.

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Education for All Global Monitoring Reports

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The Global Monitoring Report, first published in 2002, is an annual publication that monitors progress towards a set of agreed targets. In each publication it also focuses on a specific theme of particular relevance to achieving the EfA Goals, in addition to taking stock of the progress made and renewing interest for moving the EfA agenda forward.

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EfA Global Monitoring Report 2011

The hidden crisis: Armed conflict and education

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The 2011 report, released on March 1st 2011, calls for tougher action against human rights violations, an overhaul of global aid priorities and more attention to education’s potential to foster peace.

It warns that donor aid for education is increasingly being determined by the geo-political security agenda; the effect being that the line between aid and security is blurring, education is becoming less of a funding priority, and schools, teachers, students and aid workers are at greater risk of attack.

Although there has been progress in many areas, the report warns that most of the EfA’s 6 goals will not only be will be missed, but missed by a wide margin; a major reason for this being conflict.

Video: A summary of the EfA Global Monitoring Report 2011

Launch of the EfA Global Monitoring Report 2011

The EfA Global Monitoring Report 2011 was lauched in March 2011 with numerous lauchings and related events held around the world.

Professor Alan Smith, UNESCO Chair holder and Director of the UNESCO Centre, was a member of the advisory group and contributed to the 2011 report by authoring two background papers. He made presentations on the report at the international launch events in London (1st March), Oslo (17th-18th March) and Bonn (31st March).

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