Overview of EFA

Overview of Education for All

In 2000, global leaders came together at the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal and committed to ensure “Education for All” children by 2015.  The goal of Education for All (EFA) is to ensure that all children receive an education that enriches their lives, expands their opportunities, and empowers them to participate in society. More than 1,100 participants from 164 countries endorsed the six EFA goals, in an effort to achieve major global progress in education by 2015.  Learn More

The Six Goals of Education for All

  1. Expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
  2. Ensuring 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. Ensuring that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and life skills programs.
  4. Achieving a 50% improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015, especially for women, and equitable access to basic and continuing education for adults.
  5. Eliminating gender disparities in primary and secondary education by 2005, and achieving gender parity in education by 2015, with a focus on ensuring girls’ full and equal access to and achievement in basic education of good quality.
  6. Improving all aspects of the quality of education and ensuring excellence so that recognized and measurable learning outcomes are achieved by all students, especially in literacy, numeracy, and essential life skills. Learn More

What progress has been made toward achieving Education for All?

Today, while real progress has been made in improving educational access and quality, much work needs to be done. According to UNESCO’s Education Development Index which measures progress on universal primary education, adult literacy, gender parity and education equality, 62  countries have either achieved the goals or are close to doing so. However, 36 countries have a mixed progress report, and  29 countries are far from meeting the goals. Learn More

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Background on EFA Movement

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