Education For All

‘Education for All’ is an international Programme aiming to provide quality basic education for all children, youth and adults. It was launched at the World Education Forum in Dakar (2000), during which 164 governments identified and were committed to implement its six goals by 2015, in collaboration with development agencies, civil society and the private sector.

UNESCO was mandated to coordinate these efforts, in cooperation with UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and the World Bank, focusing its activities on five key areas: policy dialogue, monitoring, advocacy, mobilization of funding, and capacity development.

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.

Since the World Education Forum in Dakar (2000) UNESCO has been publishing the annual Global Monitoring Report for EFA. While the Report has an annual agenda for reporting progress on each of the six EFA goals, each edition also adopts a particular theme, chosen because of its central importance to the EFA process. According to the data of the Reports published so far, Cyprus is classified among the countries that fulfill the EFA goals at a great extent.


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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