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NGOs look to the future of education initiatives

Dave Pearson (left), Matt Wisbey (right) and Béatrice Konfé represented SIL at the recent CCNGO/EFA meetings. Dave Pearson (left), Matt Wisbey (right) and Béatrice Konfé represented SIL at the recent CCNGO/EFA meetings.

(November 2012) The sixth meeting of the Collective Consultation of NGOs on Education for All (CCNGO/EFA) recently concluded. The meeting was hosted by UNESCO 24 to 26 October at its Paris headquarteres. Representatives of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) from around the world gathered to reflect on the achievements, challenges and the future of Education for All (EFA), an initiative adopted in 2000 and scheduled to conclude in 2015.

In addition to EFA, 2015 also marks the end date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the UN-designated Literacy Decade concludes in 2012. In light of these milestones, the meeting focused on how to strategically plan for the last several years of these programs and what direction to take in the future to effectively promote development through education that benefits all people.

During the meetings, participants adopted a new set of Working Procedures and elected representatives to a new CCNGO/EFA Coordination Group. Significant time was spent discussing post-2015 education and development goals.

Dave Pearson, SIL’s representative to UNESCO, was accompanied by Matt Wisbey and Béatrice Konfé, two SIL staff who are gaining experience in international-level advocacy.

SIL contributes to the Education for All goals through language development efforts such as multilingual education and mother tongue literacy for children and adults. SIL is an official NGO partner of UNESCO with consultative status.

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