Education for All is an initiative by UNESCO which works on addressing the problems relevant to study. It is among the biggest organizations across the globe, and the movement is to assure that the goals, set by the World Education Forum, are achieved. The role of EFA started back in 200 when the World Education Forum meeting was held in Dakar, Senegal. There were around 1100 participants in it, and they all came to a conclusion that they will work on the Dakar Framework for Action. The first goals were set in 1990 and in the meeting of 2000, they were all reaffirmed. It was the time when UNESCO got the main role which was to lead the Education for All.
The key goals of EFA
Any organization works on a particular set of goals. In the Dakar meeting, there were few points that are known as the Dakar Frame for Action. In it, the authorities together identified six focus points on which they had to work and ensure that they achieve it by 2015. These goals include:
- The expansion of health and care for children in early age and ensuring that they start getting an appropriate education from their childhood.
- The primary education should be free for everyone, and the participants will work to provide free compulsory education.
- The organization must work on the promotion of learning and should polish the life skills for the youth that will aid them in long-term.
- The adult literacy rate at that time was pretty poor. Therefore, the meeting came to the conclusion that by 2015, they should ensure that the adult literacy rate rises by 50%.
- There should be no discrimination in gender when it comes to studying. By 2005, they should have gender parity, and by 2015, there should be equality in the study for all genders.
- The quality and standard of education should get a boost, and people will work on its improvement.
The EFA will keep a check on the progress of all countries and will release a report evaluating the performance of each country. They decided to release the Education for All Development Index.
Education for All Development Index
The EDI targets 4 points and the country is given value according to its performance. The value can be anywhere from 0 to 100%. Higher EDI value means that the country is doing great and is close to reaching the goals that were set. The four goals that EDI observe include:
- The availability of education and healthcare facilities at the early age of children.
- The adult literacy rate should rise by 50% in the upcoming years. It can only be estimated, and people that are 15+ comes into the count.
- The EDI also depends on the fact that there is no gender discrimination and everyone gets a primary education as his or her basic right.
- The quality of education in a country matters a lot. EDI index takes a look at the education system and evaluates the quality of it before rating the country.
So, these are the goals that Education for All is working on, and the EDI index will show you the performance of your country in concern with it.