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1 Higher Education and Research for Reaching the Education for All Goals A Project of the International Association of Universities developed with the support of an international Reference Group and partial funding from the Swedish agency SIDA

2 Introduction EFA? World Declaration on Education for All, Jomtien, Thailand, 1990 Dakar Framework for Action, Dakar, Senegal, 2000 6 EFA Goals: Early Childhood Care and Education; Free Universal Primary Education; Youth and Adult Life Skills; Adult Literacy Increased by Half; Gender Parity by 2005 and Gender Equality by 2015; Quality Education Jomtien Statement, Thailand, 2011 Tenth Meeting of the High-Level Group on EFA MDGs? United Nations Millennium Declaration, New York, US, 2000 8 MDGs: Eradicate Extreme Poverty and Hunger; Universal Primary Education; Gender Parity and Empowerment of Women; Reduce Child Mortality; Improve Maternal Health; Combat HIV/AID, Malaria; Ensure Environmental Sustainability; Develop Global Partnerships for Development Impact of MDGs on EFA? Poverty has overtaken Education Focus only on UPE (EFA goal n. 2; MDG n. 2) with a pinch of girls education (EFA goal n. 5, MDG n. 3), limiting the activity of the HE sector in EFA to, in most cases, teachers training

3 What has changed? Many programmes/projects/activities have taken and are taking place Progress has been registered in primary schooling and gender equity The United Nations Education For All (EFA) initiative is coming to an end in 2015 But, according to the latest Global Monitoring Report (GMR), the 6 set objectives will not be met by 2015 In some places, progress is receiding Education is not as high on the global agenda as it used to be Necessity to evaluate what has/is done to be able to amend, scale- up, think differently Growing need for evidence-based data are needed and requested at both local and international levels all tasks within the reach of the higher education sector

4 Why higher education? The higher education sector has generally not been involved as a sector up to now With the exception of teachers training Excluding individual consultancies From the EFA perspective: the three primary missions of most higher education institutions can all be of help Teaching, Research, and Public Service The higher education sector is generally not aware of the initiative, issues at stake, and how to proceed to help From the higher education perspective: The higher education sector will, if not already, be impacted by: A growing number of secondary-school graduates; The quality of pre-higher education schooling; Reforms of teacher education

5 What are IAUs objectives? To raise awareness of EFA within the higher education sector To increase the level of involvement of the higher education sector in EFA-related issues and in all three HE missions (not only teachers training) To improve the visibility of higher educations role and activities in/for EFA within and outside the higher education sector, locally and internationally To create a higher education community for EFA To help reach EFA To help the higher education sector deal with the impact of EFA Numbers, quality Relating to bogus universities, rankings, employment, brain drain, etc…

6 Visual for IAU Project All age groups are offered and enjoy the possibility of education

7 What is the project doing? Capacity Building A model will be developed based on the results of the two pilot capacity building sessions which took place within the IAU 2008- 2010 project on the topic. The capacity building sessions aim: to inform both the higher education community of what EFA is and the other EFA stakeholders of what higher education can bring to EFA, to subsequently identify local needs and higher educations possible intervention(s), and to end with a commonly agreed upon document for a way forward. To support the dynamic created by the capacity building sessions after the actual session, a set of activities will be developed in collaboration with the hosting partners and, when possible, with the participants of each session. The activities will follow the recommendations collectively agreed upon at each session and will consequently differ from one country to another.

8 What is the project doing? IAUs capacity building approach to involving the higher education sector in EFA is: Participant-centred Questionnaire/Workshops with IAU intervening only as facilitator Inclusive All EFA stakeholders at the national level are invited Based on Dialogue Mixed groups including every categories of stakeholders + HEIs Commonly agreed-upon way forward Result-focused All activities leading/aiming at the validation of a way forward Embedded in a process Pre and post-workshop activities Local but not closed With experts from other regions

9 Cuernavaca, Mexico 100 participants, A Declaration, Several Groups of reflexion/action created, An annual meeting planned and taking place

10 Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso 40 participants, Recommendations to Ministers, Follow-up workshop to be organized

11 What is the project doing? Commitment Building A charter or equivalent document will be developed to guide higher educations commitment and activities to advance higher education participation in support of EFA. It will serve as a working document for the Group and a charter model for higher education institutions, a sign/logo will be developed to identify HEIs for EFA; Thematic sub-groups, each possibly headed by a champion, will be set up. They would research topics that emerged from the discussions at the 2010 IAU Innovation Conference: reading; marginalised populations; and quality education, or be more general, looking at the evaluation and way forward for EFA pre and post 2015, analyse new positions such as skills vs/beside education, etc.

12 What is the project doing? Community Building Starting from an enlarged Reference Group based on a call for participation, the development of a community of higher education for EFA and its associated tools (blog, facebook wall, tweets) and services (Q/A, meetings) will be sought; The HEEFA Portal aims to be the main-entry point for data collection and information on higher education projects, publications (in particular theses) and experts for EFA. Published on a quarterly-basis, the HEEFA Newsletter, which already reaches over 800 subscribers, will be enriched by experiences/ content of interest/ analysis of new developments and its format improved to become more user-friendly.

13 Regions as represented within the Reference Group Voluntary focus on Africa with no region left behind + 2 persons from IAU

14 EFA Goals as represented in the Reference Group Other research themes include: education in emergencies; school psychology; affirmative action; educational policies; curriculum development; teachers training; etc. NamePosition University Organisation Country IAU member EFA priority Africa Gono, SemukelisoDirectorWomen's University in AfricaZimbabweYESGoal 5 Mbegnouga, MoussaGraduate studentUniversité Cheikh Anta Diop de DakarSenegalYESGoal 6 Milanzi, Montanus C.Associate ProfessorMzumbe UniversityTanzania Goal 6 Mugenda, Olive, ChairVice-ChancellorKenyatta UniversityKenyaYESGoal 5 Mutimucuio, Inocente V.DeanUniversidade Eduardo MondlaneMozambiqueYESGoal 2 Nakabugo, Mary GorettiSenior LecturerUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalSouth Africa Goal 6 Wambui Gichuhi, Loise P.ProfessorUniversity of NairobiKenya Goal 3 Sena Lamptey, AliceProgramme CoordinatorWGHE (ADEA)Africa All Shabani, JumaDirectorCluster Office, UNESCOAfrica All Eliya Nsapato, LimbaniPolicy/Advocacy ManagerAfrica Network Campaign for EFAAfrica Goal 2 Americas Chao Barona, AlejandroDirectorUniversidad Autonoma del Estado de MorelosMexico Goal 4 Cummings, WilliamProfessorGeorge Washington UniversityUSAYESGoal 6 Greenlaw, JimDeanUniversity of Ontario Institute of TechnologyCanada Goal 2 Jimerson, Shane R.ProfessorUniversity of California, Santa BarbaraUSA Goal 2 Tessler, Leandro R. DirectorInternational Relations, UNICAMPBrazilYESGoal 2 Trouillot, JocelynePresidentUniversité CaraïbeHaitiYESGoal 4 Asia Azman, NorzainiAssociate ProfessorUniversity Kebangsaan Malaysia/IPPTNMalaysiaYESGoal 3 Paez, DiProject ManagerUniversity of Southern QueenslandAustralia Goal 3 Sharma, NeerjaVice-principalLady Irwin College, University of DelhiIndiaYESGoal 1 Pant, BijanPolicy AnalystInstitute of Public Policy Action ResearchNepal Goal 5 Europe Ilie, CorneliaProfessorMalmo UniversitySweden Goal 4 Macfarlane, Ian G.Senior Education SpecialistVrije Universiteit AmsterdamNetherlands Goal 2 Mendes, Valtencir MResearch FellowUniversitat Politècnica de CatalunyaSpainYESGoal 2 Russell, TerryProfessor and DirectorCRPST, University of LiverpoolUKYESGoal 2 Boeren, AdSenior Policy AdvisorNufficNetherlands All Turner-Cmuchal, MarcellaPolicy OfficerEuropean Agency for DevelopmentEU Goal 3

15 Previous Activities Pilot and Experts Seminar Objective: to know if higher education institutions were contributing to EFA, if such a contribution was possible, desirable, and should it be developed, sustained or not. It ended with a Seminar in Maputo, Mozambique in 2007 where the projects findings revealing that little was yet known and more light still needed to be shed were discussed as well as what should be done next. Pre-Project and Innovation Conference Two principal activities: capacity building (reference group of experts; capacity building sessions) and information tools (Information Kit; HEEFA Portal). It ended with an Innovation Conference in Paris, France, in 2010 to evaluate the progress concerning better inclusion of higher education/research in EFA, review the project's outcomes, discuss issues and constraints, and explore ways forward.

16 Experts Seminar, Maputo, Mozambique 30 participants

17 Innovation Conference, Paris, France 60 participants

18 Main Results to Date Growing awareness of the need to more systematically involve higher education institutions at local, regional and international levels Invitation to IAU to participate in EFA High Level Meeting in Jomtien, Thailand in 2011. IAU sits on the Ad-Hoc Group of UNESCO Collective Consultation of NGOs for EFA as from 2011 IAUs General Conference (Puerto Rico, November 2012) will address: Higher Education and the Global Agenda Growing community of higher education for EFA IAU call for participation in the Reference Group Follow-up of capacity building sessions are taking place Mexico: 3rd Meeting Burkina Faso: Considering the possibility of a follow-up session But there is still: A lack of information (HEEFA portal quite empty, difficulty to know who is doing what and where) Need for evidence-based data to evaluate progress to date and consider possible ways forward

19 Expectations The capacity building model developed for encouraging more interactions between the traditional EFA stakeholders and the HE sector is widely taken up as such or adapted; Information on HE projects and research results is made available and accessible to all Research on pre and post-2015 issues is developing Higher education institutions are given the means to better interact with the other EFA stakeholders HE institutions possible role in EFA is recognised and valued The community of HE for EFA is expanding More EFA goals are reached The HE sector is prepared for EFA knock-on effects

20 Africa Kenya: University of Nairobi Project: Education in Emergencies Specialization Programme Keywords: Training Programme; Emergencies; Education Objectives: Build capacities of students, faculty, and practitionners to respond to the educational needs of children and youth affected by crisis in East Africa and beyond Document, stock and share practices and policy innovations with the larger education in emergencies community Establish the University of Nairobi as a hub of expertise in East Africa in the field

21 Americas Mexico: Universidad Pedagogica Nacional Project: Intercultural Bilingual Urban School Keywords: Bilingual education; Culturally-sensitive education; Urban schools; Indigenous populations Objectives: Preserve and make the most of local indigenous cultures; Ensure quality education to children from indigenous populations Ensure access for and improve success of children from indigenous populations Serve as a practicum school for research projects

22 Working with Indigenous Communities Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Cuernavaca

23 Arab States Lebanon: Balamand University Project: University Students for Literacy Keywords: Adult Literacy; Health Objectives: Provide mothers and young men in rural areas with the opportunity to acquire reading and writing skills Break the link between illiteracy, poverty and poor health Teach students how to become responsible citizens by participating in the development of their community Create a bridge between the university and the community; between urban and rural areas; men and women

24 Asia Pakistan : Fatimah Jinnah Women University Project: Community Radio VOW Keywords: Radio; Training Courses; Women Empowerment Objectives: Produce and transmit news and informative programmes on womens issues Broadcast distance learning programmes

25 Europe Germany : Universität Hildesheim Project: Men in Primary and Pre-Primary Schools (Thesis) Keywords: Gender; Primary Schools; Early Childhood Education Objectives: Propose solutions to the issue of the lack of male teachers in pre- primary and primary schools Research the implications of a totally female-guided pre-primary and primary school education

26 Selected other IAU Projects Equitable Access and Success in HE Equitable Access, Success and Quality in Higher Education: A Policy Statement by the International Association of Universities Equitable Access, Success and Quality in Higher Education: A Policy Statement by the International Association of Universities Doctoral Programmes in Sub-Saharan Africa IAU Report on the Changing Nature of Doctoral Studies in sub- Saharan Africa - Challenges and Policy Development Opportunities at six universities in Sub-Saharan AfricaChanging Nature of Doctoral Studies in sub- Saharan Africa Rethinking Internationalisation Affirming Academic Values in Internationalization of Higher Education: A Call for Action Affirming Academic Values in Internationalization of Higher Education: A Call for Action Draft Guidelines for Institutional Codes of Ethics OER and the Academic Librarian

27 IAU IAU is a Membership organization. It has institutional, organisational, and affiliates members in 120 countries IAU Secretariat is located in Paris, France. It has been hosted by UNESCO since its creation (1950) IAU serves the higher education community worldwide and defends academic values IAU promotes knowledge sharing, collaboration and solidarity through projects, statements, conferences, reference and scientific publications, and services. IAU functions with 15 permanent staff members, an elected Board composed of 22 persons and an Executive Committee composed of 6 persons, both with equitable regional/gender representation, plus all its Members on a voluntary basis More at: My contact:

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