EFANet is a national education coalition that advocates for the realisation of the Education for All agenda. The network also aims to influence policy changes by mobilising, building and strengthening capacity of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in order to advocate effectively for the accomplishment of the EFA goals. EFANet was established in 2002 as a respond to the initiative at the Dakar Framework to mobilise wider participation of civil society in the Education For All campaign.
EFANet has made significant strides in its campaign to ensure that the right of every child, young person and adult to education is respected, protected and fulfilled. This right is guaranteed in the 1997 Constitution of The Gambia and in other regional and internationally agreed frameworks such as the Dakar Framework for Action (2000); the Millennium Development Goals (2000); the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990); the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1979); the African Charter on Human and People's Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa (2003) among others.
Education For All Goals
Expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
Ensuring that by 2015 all children, particularly girls, children in difficult circumstances and those belonging to ethnic minorities, have access to, and complete, free and compulsory primary education of good quality.
Ensuring that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and life-skills programmes.
Achieving a 50 per cent improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015, especially for women, and equitable access to basic and continuing education for all adults.
Eliminating gender disparities in primary and secondary education by 2005, and achieving gender equality in education by 2015, with a focus on ensuring girls' full and equal access to and achievement in basic education of good quality.
Improving all aspects of the quality of education and ensuring excellence of all so that recognised and measurable learning outcomes are achieved by all, especially in literacy, numeracy and essential life skills.
Vision & Mission
The realisation of EFA in The Gambia by 2015; transforming the Network into a strong education lobby group.
To build an informed and skilled network of NGOs/CSOs to achieve a coordinated and credible advocacy for the rights of all to achieve good quality education by 2015.
Partnerships & Networks
Effective partnerships and networking with government, CSOs, the media, the private sector and donors has resulted in a harnessing of energies and resources to achieve a common vision and purpose. Through these partnerships the right to EFANet is being fulfilled through the rights based approach coupled with a pro-poor, gender responsive and inclusive education policies, programmes and activities.
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