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The 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report (EFA GMR) will review how much the EFA movement has contributed to ensuring that all children, young people and adults have benefited from the right to an education that meets their basic learning needs. The Report will provide a definitive assessment of overall progress at the national, regional and global level toward the six EFA goals that were established in Dakar, Senegal, in 2000. The assessment will establish whether the goals were achieved and, if not, whether progress slowed or accelerated since 2000. It will pay particular attention to gaps between those groups who benefited from progress and those who did not. This assessment will provide lessons for the framing of post-2015 education goals and strategies.

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  1. Th. Gerhards, Don Bosco Mondo

    There is no doubt: The GMR reports have been a strong and successful instrument towards the MDG and EFA goals. Without the reports, there would have been less progress. Many challenges are already mentioned in this consultation, which can be agreed upon (like the problem of quality education, lack of teachers, slow progress). We from Don Bosco are active worldwide with thousands of schools and millions of students in formal and non-formal education programmes. However, we are missing one aspect:

    Basic education is a public task and responsibility. But should the government provide education only through public schools? What other models are possible? What is the contribution of commercial, charitable and faith-based education providers? Are there countries with a successful mix of public and private providers? What legal framework is required and how does the government supervise the private providers? To what extent can private schools be forced to accept poor children? What can we learn from Latin America, India, Egypt and Germany where such regulations exist? These are questions we would like EFA-GMR 2015 to touch.

    There is the impression, that EFA-GMR reports have somehow ignored the significant contribution of private education providers in developing countries to achieve EFA and MDG goals. E.g. in parts of Africa the share of private providers can exceed the public ones. Private education providers which reach poor and marginalized children rarely receive public support and often they do not find a stimulating legal environment for their services. On the other hand the political elite prefers to send their own children to private and faith-based schools.

    In January 2014 Don Bosco Mondo organized a high-level conference at the University of Bonn discussing the achievements of EFA/MDG in the field of education and the challenges for the post-2015 agenda.
    http://www.don-bosco-mondo.de/service/presse/presse-datensaetze/wir-brauchen-ein-anderes-entwicklungsmodell/
    German former President Prof. Horst Köhler and Cardinal Rodríguez Maradiaga (Honduras) contributed. One result of the conference is a paper describing ten challenges concerning the important role of education for the development process beyond 2015:

    1. Creating Prospects for Young People
    2. Access to Education
    3. Universal Primary Education
    4. Holistic Education puts the People at the Centre of Attention
    5. Investing in the Quality of Education
    6. Vocational Training creates Career Prospects
    7. Training, Employment and the Labor Market
    8. Equity, Access and Fair Distribution of Wealth
    9. Education and Gender Equality
    10. Participation of all Stakeholders in the field of Education

    (Paper available in German language: Thesenpapier and in English language on the same website available by mid-April)

    The more children receive primary education, the more are in need for secondary, technical education and skills training. And they all need work and income. This is a tremendous challenge for the next decade. From our point of view the EFA-GMR 2012 on “Youth and Skills” tried to contribute somehow, but did not satisfy in the end. The move from school to work remains an important topic for 2015 and beyond.

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