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Welcome to the first issue of the Asia and the Pacific EFA Website e-Newsletter!


This monthly e-newsletter will keep you updated on developments in Asia and the Pacific related to Education for All (EFA). Every issue will feature “In Focus”, which will contain highlights about EFA in the region; “News and Events”, which will keep you posted about major EFA activities in the region and beyond; and “Resources”, which will update you on new entries in our Resource Centre.


As this is our first issue, we would like to tell you more about the Asia and the Pacific EFA Website, which was launched in March 2005. The website features sections on “EFA News”, “Activities Calendar”, “EFA Network”, among others,  highlighting activities, events and newsworthy stories from across the region. The site also includes regional information about projects and activities related to EFA goals and flagship programmes.


As part of the website, we have an online interactive EFA Resource Centre, a database of publications, reports, manuals, toolkits, journals, newspaper and magazine articles, and historical documents related to EFA. As a regional site, materials in the Resource Centre give special focus on the Asia and the Pacific region. It also includes EFA National Action Plans and Country Assessment reports of Member States in the region.


Add your publications, policy papers, reports and other relevant documents to our Resource Centre by uploading materials directly or send them to Announcements about events, latest news and activities related to EFA and interesting feature stories are also welcome!


In Focus
Global Education Digest 2005
The third in an annual series released by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS), the Global Education Digest 2005 presents the latest key global education indicators from early childhood to higher education. The digest provides education statistics and allows for cross-national comparisons useful in monitoring the progress towards meeting the EFA goals and the Millennium Development Goals. Read more or download the Global Education Digest.


2006 EFA Global Monitoring Report 
The 2006 Global Monitoring Report, which will be launched on November 9, 2005 in London will focus on literacy. The annual report, an independent publication commissioned by UNESCO, assesses the progress of countries worldwide in meeting the six EFA goals. Its predecessor, the 2005 GMR focused on quality education. UNESCO Bangkok has re-produced the 2005 Executive Summary and Regional Overview of the GMR in the Thai language. Download the 2005 report, including the executive summary and the sub-regional summaries from our website.

News and Events

75% of countries in Asia and the Pacific fail in delivering free, quality basic education
A report that investigates the performance of 14 developing country leaders in their commitment to basic education gave red marks to 75% of countries in Asia and the Pacific and concluded that governments "Must Do Better". The Asia Pacific School Report Card was released on 29 June by the Asian South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education and the Global Campaign for Education. Full news story or download the press release (pdf).

EFA Week 2005
Over a hundred countries participated during the EFA Action Week, also known as Global Action Week from 24 to 30 April. But more activities are lined up for the rest of the year to call on governments to provide more domestic funds and political leadership to achieve the EFA goals and the Millennium Development Goals. Know more about the EFA Week celebrations.


Including Children with Disabilities in Schools
UNESCO Bangkok’s AIMS Unit is drafting a manual on “Guidelines for Action to Include Children with Disabilities in Schools and in EFA Monitoring.” The unit initiated the undertaking of case studies in five countries to document experiences and best practices on how children and young people with disabilities are included in schools. To integrate the results of the case studies, AIMS hosted a writers’ workshop from 6 to 10 June at the Windsor Suites Hotel in Bangkok. The manual is expected to be released within the year. Download workshop materials.

Find out more about activities in the region and major events globally. Visit our Activities Calendar page.


Inclusive, Learning-Friendly Toolkit  
UNESCO Bangkok developed this toolkit to support country efforts to make schools more inclusive and learning-friendly. The whole set, entitled “Embracing Diversity: Toolkit for Creating Inclusive, Learning-Friendly Environments” includes six modules: 1) Becoming an Inclusive, Learning-Friendly Environment (ILFE); 2) Working with Families and Communities to Create an ILFE; 3)Getting All Children in School and Learning; 4) Creating Inclusive, Learning-Friendly Classrooms; and 6) Creating a Healthy and Protective ILFE. All six modules can be downloaded separately from the Asia and the Pacific EFA Resource Centre.


State of the World's Mothers 2005: The Power and Promise of Girls’ Education This is Save the Children’s sixth annual State of the World's Mothers report. It examines the ways investing in girls’ education can benefit present and future generations of children and society as a whole. It includes key findings and recommendations and rankings of countries in terms of girl's education and the so-called Mother's Index. Download from the Resource Centre.


UNESCO Kathmandu Series of Monographs and Working Papers
In 2004, UNESCO Kathmandu published a series of booklets on the following topics: 1) Democracy, Gender Equality and Women’s Literacy: Experience from Nepal; 2) Celebrating Diversities through Policy, Practice and Research: A Case of Literacy and Non-formal Education in Nepal; 3) Review of Research Literature on Girl’s Education in Nepal; 4) Girls in Science and Technology Education: A Study on Access, Participation and Performance of Girls in Nepal; and 5) Gender Responsive Non-formal Education in Nepal: A Case Study. All five can be downloaded separately from the Asia and the Pacific EFA Resource Centre.

Your comments and suggestions on how to make the Asia and the Pacific EFA Website and Resource Centre more relevant to your work and your organization are most welcome. If you are unable to access any of the materials online, please let us know. Send an e-mail to



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