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Workshop for South Asian Countries on Implementing National EFA Plans of Action

UNESCO Bangkok’s Education Policy and Reform (EPR) unit and the UNESCO New Delhi office conducted a training workshop for South Asian Countries on the Implementation of National Education Plans (including National EFA Plans of Action).  Participants from Bhutan, the Maldives and Sri Lanka attended the workshop, held in Bangkok from 10 to 19 October 2005.  This was the first in a series of sub-regional workshops for countries in South Asia. 

The training workshop offered experienced education planning personnel a modern approach and technical tools to implement national education/EFA plans in a decentralized context, through local plans and budgets.  It was designed to reinforce the technical know-how of a core group of education planners from each of the participating countries to support and guide local education authorities in their efforts to improve existing planning, budgeting and resource allocation processes.

The Training focused on the planning concept and planning tools, which can be found in the Handbook for Decentralized Education Planning published by UNESCO Bangkok in June 2005.  It used the Analysis and Projection (ANPRO) Model presented in the handbook, as the principal planning tool.

EFA Plans Implementation in South Asia
In conformity with international commitments made at the World Education Forum (Dakar, Senegal, April 2001), governments in South Asia prepared National Education for All Action Plans, setting out national EFA goals.  In most countries in the sub-region, decentralized entities such as the Indian federal states, provinces in Sri Lanka or districts in Bhutan are tasked with organizing education service delivery for primary and lower secondary education and overseeing ECCE and non-formal education for out-of-school youth and young adults.

 To attain the national EFA goals requires strategies to modernize the management of the education and training sector.  Transposing the national plan into localized plans adapted to specific local situations calls for a methodology to convert national into local frameworks and practice-oriented capacity building at decentralized levels. [contact us for details] 


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