Education for all (EFA) in least developed countries

Education for all (EFA) in least developed countries

Education for all in LDCs

Education for All (EFA) has always been concerned with the needs of Least Developed Countries (LDCs). The data and analysis contained in this publication show that, while considerable progress is being made in LDCs in the struggle to achieve the EFA goals, much remains to be done.

The authors highlight that for UNESCO, it is important that the educational needs of LDCs receive the attention they deserve and all the support, both internal and external, that they require. Success in attaining the EFA goals depends, above all, on the efforts, commitment and resources (human, material and financial) of the LDCs themselves, but additional support from the international community and development partners will make a critical difference. This publication shows the scale of the challenge. The note concludes by suggesting that the task now is to address the EFA needs of LDCs in a more vigorous and determined manner.

This note has been prepared with particular reference to the Special Event on “Promoting Education for All in Least Developed Countries” held on 13 September 2006 at UN Headquarters in New York, USA.

The English version within this publication is followed by the French version of the note.