Educational For All (EFA) – Sierra Leone coalition in collaboration with partner African Network Campaign on Education For All (ANCEFA) are intended to undertake a research on the educational sector- focusing on adult education.
Chairman of EFA, Moses Ogendeh Kamara, at his Robert Street office, yesterday disclosed that the aim of this research which is slated to start in October and ends in January, 2009 “was to provide alternative high quality and credible research data which coalition would use to critically engage government and development partners with a view of making education for all a reality in Africa by 2015.”
“In other words it is expected that this research will generate credible data that will be used by all stakeholders in the education sector and for national planning,” he said.
ANCEFA West Africa Coordinator, Mrs Felicia Onibon explained that their “mission was to kick-start a research process in Sierra Leone.”
She explained that the research they are about to undertake “is the second phase of our education watch research project.”
“The first phase took place in 12 countries in 2007 and the second phase, we’ve decided to have it in what we call the fragile states i.e. states that have experienced war in recent times,” Mrs Onibon revealed.
She explained that ANCEFA, “allowed coalition members to come up with the areas they feel will be best focused on for their various countries; EFA- Sierra Leone Coalition came up with their research topic [zooming] on adult education.”
Mrs Onibon also explained that they were opportune to meet with the minister of education, Minkailu Bah to appeal for Sierra Leone government’s full support towards the study, and also “to get what is involved in the process.”
She noted that the conclusion of the process was “civil society working with the government for the improvement of education in Sierra Leone.”
“This has been the trend in other African countries ANCEFA is not antagonistic towards government, we work as partners to improve the lot of education in the continent of Africa,” she stressed.
The Africa Network Campaign on Education for All (ANCEFA) emerged in 2001 following the World Education Summit in Dakar in April 2000. African Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) intent on providing a coherent and proactive African voice on EFA issues, felt the need to organize in a representative manner. ANCEFA exists to promote, enable and build capacity of African civil society to advocate and campaign for access to free quality education for all.