Education For All

"Every person - child, youth and adult - shall be able to benefit from educational opportunities designed to meet their basic learning needs."

World Declaration on Education for All (Article 1, Paragraph 1)


Education for All (EFA) is an international Programme aiming to provide quality basic education for all children, youth and adults.

Specifically, the goals of EFA are:

Goal 1

Expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children

Goal 2

Ensuring that by 2015 all children, particularly girls, in difficult circumstances and those belonging to ethnic minorities, have access to, and complete, free and compulsory primary education of good quality.

Goal 3

Ensuring that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and life-skills programmes

Goal 4

Achieving a 50% improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015, especially for women, and equitable access to basic and continuing education for all adults.

Goal 5

Eliminating gender disparities in primary and secondary education, and achieving gender equality in education by 2015, focusing on providing girls with full and equal access and achievement in basic education of good quality.

Goal 6

Improving all aspects of the quality of education and ensuring excellence of all so that recognized and measurable learning outcomes are achieved by all, especially in literacy, numeracy and essential life skills.


The Cyprus National Commission for UNESCO has contributed in the efforts of UNESCO by:

  • providing statistical data and information requested regularly by UNESCO about the Cyprus’ educational policy and system
  • distributing material, such as books, surveys and audiovisual material, designed to promote the EFA goals
  • updating UNSECO about the work and activities of the Education Departments of the Ministry of Education and Culture which are responsible for the implementation of the EFA goals.


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