Ever since the World Education round-table discussions in Dakar in 2000, there has been an impressive rise in civil society advocacy work on education across Africa, Asia and Latin America.
National education coalitions have emerged in dozens of countries, linking NGO’s, teachers unions, parent groups, students, faith-based groups, child labor activists and social movements.
These coalitions act as national platforms, bringing together diverse voices from across society, to hold their governments accountable for the delivery of Education For All.
Education For All (EFA)- Sierra Leone (SL) yesterday started a-four day seminar to map out strategies to move the organization forward in the next three or more years, explained EFASL- national coordinator Patrick Zambo.
Mr Zambo explained that they had had the education coalition structure set up in the last two years, but that in the last annual general meeting, a strategic focus of the coalition was not drawn.
“The structures are now in place, but however, the ideas are disjointed as to how the coalition should work effectively,” he explained.
Chairman of the coalition Moses Ogendeh Kamara explained in his statement that “EFASL was formed as part of the local effort to domesticate the Jomtien and Dakar declarations and other international conventions relating to the attainment of basic quality education for all by 2015 with emphasis on the girl child.”
The EFASL, he explained, “started primarily to ensure that the government and donor partners work towards the provisions made at the Dakar forum and other declarations in consonance with the attainment of education for all by 2015.”