ANCEFA Strategic Plan 2010-2014
Education is a fundamental human right, key to the development of individuals and society. The UNESCO Global Monitoring Report 2009 notes that people denied an opportunity for achieving literacy and wider education skills are less equipped to participate in societies and influence decisions that affect their lives. This follows that all development partners including government and civil society have a responsibility of ensuring that everybody has access to quality education.
Africa Network Campaign on Education for All (ANCEFA) set out in Abuja in 2000 with a vision of a united, strong, dynamic, motivated and effective African civil society committed to the promotion of free and quality universal education. ANCEFA believes that achieving the six EFA goals agreed in Dakar in Africa is key to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015.
ANCEFA strategic plans are key policy documents that guide the work of ANCEFA in order to achieve its vision. Since its inception ANCEFA has developed and implemented two strategic plans. The first one covered the period from 2003 to 2005. The second plan covered the period from 2006 to 2008 but its implementation extended to 2009.
The two strategic plans were mainly focused on national civil society capacity building for effective EFA campaign in commonwealth countries and in some francophone countries in west and central Africa sub-regions.
Implementation of the past strategic plans has enabled ANCEFA to establish and support national education coalitions in 33 countries across Africa, strengthen the capacity of these coalitions, and to undertake advocacy campaigns at national and international levels.
ANCEFA would like to sincerely thank cooperating partners who provided financial and technical support to implement the two strategic plans. These partners include: Global Campaign For Education (GCE)-ANCEFA is a member of the Board, The Dutch Government, OXFAM GB, Open Society Institute (OSI), Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), Action Aid International (AAI), IBIS-a Danish International Education NGO, TIDES Foundation, Wellspring Advisors, and Educational International.
The 2010-2014 strategic plan is the third to be developed by ANCEFA. It builds on achievements gained over the years, and addresses key challenges, based on lessons learnt from the previous work. One feature of this plan is that it covers a period of five years, a departure from the previous ones which covered only three years. The period was expanded to allow ANCEFA more time for implementation of its programmes.
The process of developing the strategic plan was led by ANCEFA Secretariat drafting Team which included Mr. Gorgui Sow, Regional Coordinator, Mr. Limbani Nsapato, Policy Research and Documentation Officer, Mrs Anta Jallow, Finance and Administration Manager, Mrs. Solange Akpo Real World Strategy (RWS) Coordinator for Central and Western Africa, Mr. Boaz Waruku, RWS Coordinator for East and Southern Africa, Mrs Aissatou Ndiaye, Programme Assistant and Mr. Elijah Mbwavi, former Employee of ANCEFA.
The development process took a period of one year from mid 2008 to end 2009 and was consultative enough to facilitate input and comments from a range of stakeholders including ANCEFA members and regional and international cooperating partners.
The current strategic plan focuses on results. The leadership of ANCEFA with support from our cooperating partners will ensure effective and efficient implementation of this strategic plan in order to produce results and achieve our goal.
At this juncture, we would like to acknowledge the role played by various individuals and institutions including ANCEFA staff, Board, member coalitions and cooperating partners in the development process for this plan. We look forward to continued support throughout its implementation.
Mrs. Jennifer Chiwela, ANCEFA Board Chairperson
Mr. Gorgui Sow, ANCEFA Regional Coordinator