Education For All

Education for ALL is a global commitment to provide quality basic education for all children, youth and adults. The movement was launched at the world confederation on Education for all in 1990 by UNESCO, UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, the World Bank and civil society partners from around the world. Participants endorsed an ‘expanded vision of learning’ and pledged to universalize primary education and massively reduce illiteracy by the end of the decade. Ten years later, with many countries far from having reached this goal, the international community met again in Dakar, Senegal, and affirmed their commitment of achieving Education for All by the year 2015. They identified six key education goals which aim to meet the learning needs of all children, youth and adults by 2015.

Education for All (EFA) Goals
Expand and improve comprehensive early childhood care and education.
Provide free and compulsory primary education of good quality to all children, particularly girls, children in difficult circumstances, and ethnic minorities.
Promote learning and life skills for young people and adults.
Increase adult literacy by 50%, especially for women.
Achieve gender parity by 2005, and gender equality by 2015, with a focus on girls’ access to good quality basic education.
Improve the quality of education and achievement of learning outcomes, especially literacy, numeracy and life skills.

Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) relating to education:
This effort aims to ensure that by 2015,
Every boy and girl around the world has access to quality basic education
All boys and girls complete primary schooling
Gender disparities in primary education and all levels are eliminated

Post-Millennium Development Goals – Background
Two years from the target date to achieve the MDG’s, member States recognized the need to consolidate progress made and initiate thinking about ways of articulating the post-2015 UN development agenda building on the experience of the MDG framework. Many events have thus been organized across the world on issues aimed at both revitalizing the ongoing efforts and shaping the strategies that countries should pursue beyond the target dates of 2015.

Initiative Africa has been monitoring these Global debates and consultations to be able to offer some practical suggestions for the formulation of the successor arrangement to the MGDs and make a contribution to the government’s on-going Education Development programs up to 2015 and beyond. IA consequently approached a number of NGO organizations involved in the Education Sector, partners and stakeholders to explore the feasibility of convening a Consultative Seminar (CS) to assess the progress to date, address remaining gaps in the implementation of the MDGs and new and emerging challenges for the post-MDG campaign. IA has established a Technical Working Group drawn from concerned NGOs working in the Education Sector together with development partners to take part in the process of shaping the post -2-15 development framework.

Initiative Africa’s Education for All (EFA) seeks to promote expanded and equitable access to quality basic education offering children the best hope of escaping a life of poverty and despair. Skills in literacy, numeracy, critical thinking and life skills have a direct impact on all aspects of human development and well-being including nutrition, health, economic growth, agricultural productivity, democracy and governance, women and girls’ empowerment, human rights and security.

Initiative Africa works with government policymakers, partner organizations and the public to increase support for quality basic education in Ethiopia.


Initiative Africa seeks to accelerate progress toward Education for All (EFA) goals and Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) relating to education. The Quality Education for All initiative works to develop, encourage and support the Education sector’s role as leader in these efforts. Initiative Africa and its partners are working to improve the effectiveness of teaching and learning in Ethiopia by;

Developing and implementing tools to assess learning
Building Teacher Capacity
Working with parent and community groups
Collaborating with Ministries of Education
Rehabilitating schools
Providing resources and technology
Reducing cultural and economic barriers to increasing girls’ access to education
Focusing on vulnerable groups including disabled children and those that are severely poor

Ten premises for Education for All (EFA)
1. EFA is a right
2. EFA is everyone’s concern
3. EFA is a development imperative
4. EFA really is FOR ALL
5. EFA is for all ages and in all settings
6. EFA means inclusive quality learning
7. EFA is making remarkable progress
8. EFA still faces many challenges
9. EFA needs support from everyone
10. EFA has a multiplier effect


Today, thousands of children remain out of school in Ethiopia, and thousands more drop out each year because the education they receive is of such poor quality. By failing to gain basic literacy, numeracy, and life skills, these children miss out on the opportunity to fulfill their potential. The majority of them are living in poor and rural areas. In order to change this situation, Initiative Africa is focusing on the following strategies;

Ensuring Access and Quality of Education
Promoting girls’ Education
Conducting teacher Training
Improving Health and Well-Being
Enhancing Economic Growth