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UNESCO LAUNCHES EFA ACCELERATION INITIATIVE IN AFRICA

UNESCO on 20th March launched a continental wide initiative aimed at accelerating the realisation of the EFA goals in Africa by 2015.

Pastor Sive (Second Right) ANCEFA Board Chair spoke at the Launch

According to the Director of UNESCO Breda, Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta the initiate will support 16 selected countries in Sub Saharan Africa to define priorities and develop acceleration efforts as recommended by the Johannesburg EFA Coordination meeting in October 2012 and the Global EFA Meeting in Paris in November 2012. Dubbed “Big Push”, the initiative will intensify advocacy for the lagging EFA goals and mobilise political, financial and technical support for achieving EFA goals. Speaking at the event, ANCEFA Board Chair Pastor Reinardo Jorge Sive called on governments to ensure transparent and broad based participation involving civil society in the EFA acceleration. He also asked civil society to be vigilant in monitoring and advocating for the EFA Big Push. Following the launch a training workshop was conducted for representatives from various countries including Lesotho, Zambia, Angola, Senegal, Swaziland, and Chad among others. The workshop equipped participants with guidelines and tools for developing EFA acceleration plans. Countries that are involved in the initiative are expected to develop plans and launch the initiate at national level within the next six months. The initiative will be undertaken up to 2015.

Participants during the “Big Push”launch

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