Education for All (EFA)
What can governments do?
Start by making education a priority. Along with abolishing school fees, they must build classrooms, introduce mother-tongue teaching, organize community campaigns, set up scholarships to encourage girls’ schooling and mobilize community and religious leaders around education. Above all, they should hire, train and retain teachers, as an additional 10.3 million of them will be needed to reach the 2015 international targets. Where there’s a will, there’s a way – and that applies to governments as well as individuals.
- Redress inequalities in education across all six EFA goals
- Expand non-formal education in order to provide educational opportunities to those who drop out or never had access to education
- Improve educational quality in general, notably through teachers (training, deployment, recruitment, etc.), better learning environment (e.g. learning and teaching materials, school infrastructure, etc.) and relevant curriculum
- Increase funding for education (increase national spending on education + aid disbursements), improve the delivery of aid, and develop innovative financing modalities to mobilize additional resources.
- Enhance linkages between education and other development areas (health, nutrition, poverty reduction, environmental sustainability, etc.)
- Foster increased dialogue and collaboration between national governments, civil society organizations and the private sector
- Raise the profile of education on the global policy agenda through increased and wide advocacy