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									                    Collective Consultation of NGOs on EFA
                              Coordination Group
                  Minutes of the Coordination Group meeting
                             28-29 September 2004

Members Present: Maria Khan (ASPBAE), Samir Jarrar (ARC), Carlos Zarco Mera
(CEEAL), Gorgui Sow (ANCEFA), Monique Fouilhoux (UNESCO-NGO Liaison
Committee), Fulgence Kone (OIEC), Claude Vercoutere (FICEMEA), Maria Malevri
(ED/BAS/LIT), Sandrine Lacor (ED/BAS/LIT) and Fabiana Chianese (ED/BAS/LIT).

Apologies: Aoyagi Shigeru (Chief ED/BAS/LIT), Nour Dajani (UNESCO Beirut).

By invitation : Abhimanyu Singh, (Dakar Follow-up), Teresa Murtag (ED/SDI), Ikiko
Suzuki (Global Monitoring Report), Faryall Khan (ED/BAS/PE).


   1. Preparation of the 2004 Annual Meeting of the Collective
      Consultation of NGOs on EFA (9-11 December 2004- Beirut,
      Lebanon)

It was recalled that the 2004 Annual Meeting of the CCNGO/EFA will be held in
Lebanon, Beirut, 9-11 December 2004 at the "Crown Plaza Hotel" back to back with
the International Seminar on Capacity Building for Civil Societies Engagement in EFA
Policy Processes (7-8 December) and the Arab Region Consultation (8 December).

Logistics – ARC confirmed that 70 rooms have       been booked at the Crown Plaza
Hotel – 50 more rooms could be booked later.       The cost of single/double rooms
ranges between 65-85 USD. UNESCO Beirut will       provide the name of the Contact
person for Hotel reservations. Media coverage      will be ensured. The estimated
weather in Beirut early December is between 5-17   degrees Celsius, possible rain.

It was confirmed that UNESCO Beirut will:
 - cover the cost for one daily meal
 - provide buses for tours both in the evening and during the „cultural day‟
 - provide all information on necessary visa procedures
 - support the participation of NGOs/CSOs from the Arab regions (around 50
    participants are expected )
 - cover the cost for translation from Arab into English.

The Coordination Group strongly recommended that UNESCO Beirut should also
provide translation into French (and Spanish) in order not to exclude participants
from the other regions. So far 82 NGOs have sent their registration form to
participate in the Annual Meeting.The participation of Ms Ana Ndong Jatta, Director
of Basic Education, was also strongly recommended.

Regional Consultation – It was recalled that the Arab regional consultation will
take place on December 8th at the "Crown Plaza Hotel" - ARC informed us about the
designation of Focal Points in each Arab country among the most active groups
involved in EFA in order to build coalitions. Focal Points have already been appointed
in Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.
Preliminary Program: The point was raised that the last draft of the program was
too heavily slanted towards literacy, at the expense of excluding other EFA flagships.
It was recalled that the CCNGO/EFA is a key mechanism within the Education Sector
created to facilitate reflection, continuous dialogue and joint actions between NGOs
and UNESCO in the area of Education for All (EFA). It was also reminded that the
International Annual Meeting aims to facilitate face-to face discussions on EFA issues
and progress, which includes an annual assessment of civil society‟s engagement
EFA. It was recalled that after the Dakar Forum, it was decided to reform the CCNGO
to adapt this mechanism to the new reality of the EFA CSO movement. These rules
were discussed and adopted in Bangkok and modified later in Porto Alegre.

The Coordination group expressed the wish that the CCNGO/EFA mechanism should
be attached to the Division of International Coordination and Monitoring for
Education for All (ED/EFA) and not to the Division of Basic Education - Literacy and
Non Formal Education Section (ED/BAS/LIT), which focuses essentially on literacy
and has too great an influence on the CCNGO agenda. Again, the importance of not
excluding other Flagships was stressed.

The group decided to work on the original draft drawn up in April 2004 – ASPBAE‟s
need to leave on the afternoon of December 11.th in order to attend their General
Assembly was taken into account.

The program was divided into four „moments‟:
 - (i) Getting to know the participants,
 - (ii) Dynamics and challenges of civil societies – with specific focus on the Arab
    region,
 - (III) Engagement of CCNGO/EFA in international Arenas and Forums – UNLD,
    Global Monitoring Report and MDGs have been selected to further CCNGO
    participation and influence,
 - (iv) General Synthesis – Designation of new coordination group.

The group agreed on responsibilities for organizing and coordinating the different
sessions. It was recalled that each responsible person should ensure that all the
conceptual and logistic preparation is taken care of.

Key Speakers
Session « Dynamics and Challenges of civil society in the Arab Region »
Option 1 : Hanan Ashrawi
Option 2 : Salameh

Provisional List of Documents:
   1. Survey on Progress Achieved and Difficulties met by the CCNGO on EFA
        conducted by Education International
   2. Input from each region - Outcomes from the virtual discussions on literacy /
        3 successful stories on literacy
   3. List of activities
   4. Civil Society engagement in EFA in the post-Dakar period, a self-reflective
        review conducted by Collective Consultation of NGOs on EFA regional focal
        points with the support of UNESCO –Working Document for the fifth EFA WG
        meeting (20-21 July 2004).

(See annex 1 : Draft Agenda of the 2004 CCNGO/EFA Annual Meeting).
Funds - The decentralization of funds was discussed, and the budget calculated.
There are at UNESCO HQ 18. 000 USD for the CCNGO Annual Meeting, and 30.000
USD for the International Seminar on Capacity Building. – It was recalled that
UNESCO Beirut has the primary responsibility of organizing this International event ,
which should gather around 150 participants. With this in mind, it was strongly
recommended that UNESCO Beirut should finance the participation of the regional
Focal Points.

It was calculated that combining the two budgets, UNESCO Paris can cover the
participation of 15 participants both for to the Annual Meeting and the International
Seminar on Capacity Building.

Within the framework of the UNESCO-Italy-fund in trust project: “Development of
Non Formal Education (NFE) through Information and Communication Technologies
(ICT), about 10 participants will be funded to participate in the Annual Meeting, and
these will be selected among the most active NGOs involved in the virtual
discussions.

The following question was raised: “What is the future of this mechanism with regard
to the recent decentralization of funds during the negotiation of the 32/C5 ? To
which UNESCO Field Offices was the budget decentralized, and was it made clear
that it should be allocated to the Annual Meeting?”

It was recommended that Mr. Aoyagi should request that UNESCO field Office
support the participation of NGOs to the annual meeting from their respective
countries.

UNESCO Dakar will contribute with 4.000 USD to ensure the travel of 2-3 African
NGOs.


   2. Links with 2006 Global Monitoring Report on Literacy

Ms Ikiko Suzuki informed the group that the 2006 GMR‟s main concern at this stage
is to collect success stories on literacy, information on relevant policy issues, and
comparative literacy studies at regional level, all of these with a maximum of
numerical data. The deadline to gather material (at least for a rough draft) is end of
November 2004. It was reminded that the outcomes of virtual discussions planned in
Asia (Resourcing for quality adult literacy), Latin America (comparative study on
literacy) and Africa ( Non formal education‟s position in development policies within
the framework of New Partnership for Africa‟s development (NEPAD) and the
Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), will be used as input from the CCNGO
network to the 2006 GMR on Literacy.

ANCEFA mentioned their proposal for three success stories on literacy : Senegal –
“L‟Ecole des Parents”, Nigeria –“Friends of the Disabled in Lagos”, Ghana “REFLECT”
“HODI Experience in Zambia. It was also suggested that more contributions be
sought through the CCNGO contribution to CONFINTEA. ASPBAE asked whether
success stories should focus only on GMR themes or whether there is room for more
elaboration and tracking of EFA processes. Ms Suzuki said that GMR team is aware of
the relative absence of the data on NGOs/CSOs contributions for EFA at the national
level, and welcomes inputs from CCNGO on this point not only for the literacy report
but as a longer-term collaboration. Ms Ikiko Suzuki suggested the use of box
materials with an overview of each country, and mentioned the disparity between
materials and studies resulting in scant government documentation.

   3. Links EFA/HLG and 2005 EFA Action Week - Feedback from M.
      Singh, Director, Division of International Coordination and
      Monitoring for Education for All

M. Abhimanyu Singh informed the group about the provisional program for the 4th
High-Level Group Meeting to be held in Brasilia, Brazil from 8 to 10 November 2004.

He said that the agenda of this meeting will be aligned to the EFA Global Monitoring
Report 2005 on the theme of quality education, which will be launched at this event
– Summaries of the report will be available in four languages. It was reported that
Sessions III “UNGEI and MDGs – Achieving Gender Priority in 2005”, and session IV
“Resource Mobilization for EFA”, have been planned with UNICEF and FTI partners.

A lot of Media coverage will be ensured to give HLG maximum visibility. The meeting
will benefit from the technical input from side events such as the Teachers‟
Parliament and the UNGEI meetings. The provisional list of side events were shared.

It was confirmed that “EFA Action Week” will take place from 24 to 30 April 2005.
The theme will be „Educate to End Poverty.‟ It was said that 105 million children are
still not in school and this initiative is a good way of attracting grassroots
communities, and getting UNICEF to work with UNESCO. The initiative is part of
UNESCO‟s advocacy role, and interest in it is growing.

It was said that a FTI Partners‟ Group meeting on 10-11 November will immediately
follow the High-Level Group Meeting in Brazil. This will ensure more effective
linkages, and promote complementarity between the High-Level Group and the FTI
Partners‟ Group.


   4. Links with LIFE

Ms Maria Malevri presented the Literacy Initiative for the Excluded (LIFE), conceived
as an integral part of the Global EFA initiative to contribute towards all Dakar Goals,
particularly Goal 4: to achieve a 50% increase in Adult literacy by 2015. With specific
emphasis on women, this initiative will also contribute to Dakar goal 5. It was said
that LIFE would complement World Bank‟s „Fast Track Initiative‟, UNICEF‟s work on
„Education of Girls‟ through UNGEI, as well as contribute to the achievement of the
Millennium Development Goals (MDG). This initiative will target 33 countries. An
interactive database is going to be developed to ensure the information flow to
stakeholders. This database will provide information on the target 33 countries:
notably statistics, information on politics, activities, research etc.

Resource Persons Teams have been created in Dakar, Bangkok, Santiago, Hamburg,
and Beirut. These committees are planning to create activities for advocacy. An inter-
reporting meeting will take place in April 2005, and Ms Malevri asked if the CCNGO
could provide input. ANCEFA suggested using media groups to target illiterate
villages rather than spending money on expensive publications, which he argued
would probably not be read. Ms Malevri acknowledged the advantages to be gained
from using media groups, but argued for the need to inform policy makers, teachers
and sponsors via well-informed publications. The participation of Ms Maria Malevri to
the next CCNGO/EFA Annual Meeting was also strongly recommended by the group.

   5. Preparation for the International Seminar on Capacity Building on
      civil society involvement in EFA policy process to be held in Beirut,
      Lebanon 7-8 December 2004.

It was reminded that this Seminar would provide an opportunity to work closely and
informally with people who are directly involved in capacity building work on EFA
and have a lot of experience to share. The seminar should provide: (i) a platform to
share experience on on-going activities in capacity building towards a collective
assessment of existing efforts and initiatives and (II) input for proposals and
strategic planning on future NGO/CSO capacity building in EFA policy.

The group agreed that a main concern for capacity building is that most resources go
to service delivery rather than policy. The need for a paradigm shift was mentioned.
ANCEFA raised importance of international dialogue in terms of resolving local and
regional issues –The general disparities between funding and policies was debated.
It was decided that EFA processes would be strategized in the framework of
financing, monitoring, and coalition building for campaigning - A space for providing
an opportunity for dialogue with donors on financing for CSO capacity building for
EFA should be explored at the seminar.

It was recalled that the focal points will produce an analytical paper on Capacity
Building for CSO Policy Engagement for EFA by conducting a qualitative consultation
of NGOs/CSOs in their region. These regional papers will be produced through
regional on-line discussions to be held on the UNESCO‟s Website “Exchange Platform
on NFE”.

It was agreed that the program will be divided into four „moments‟:
 - (i) share regional background on capacity building,
 - (ii) discuss case studies from each region.
 - (iii) focus on needs and challenges according to new trends and regional
    priorities,
 - (iv) transforming the priorities into action plan

It was suggested that during the breakaway groups, participants could fill out a grid
designed at HQ composed of the following categories: “Shifting paradigm services”;
“policy engagement”, “sharing resources”, “financing”; “strategic objectives”,
“possible actions”, “partners”.

ASPBAE and ANCEFA have already submitted a list of potential participants according
to the criteria agreed on at the May meeting, such as: active involvement as
facilitators in ongoing capacity building initiatives, and active contribution to the
preparatory process of the seminar.

A reporter from the Arab region should be designated to cover the International
Seminar. (funded by UNESCO Paris) - Tasks : (i) collect data from „rapporteurs‟ and
(ii) prepare a report of the International Seminar in English – Period : 2 weeks full
time work - Deadline : 1 month)
Provisional List of Documents:
   1) Analytical regional papers on Capacity Building for CSO Policy Engagement for
        EFA validated through the regional on-line discussions
   2) 2004 Final Report: Capacity Building program for NGOs/CSOs involved in
        Education in Sub-Saharan Africa (UNESCO – WB – Rockefeller Foundation)
   3) Real World Strategies Programme (RWS) for Africa

(See annex 2: Draft Agenda International Seminar on Capacity Building)


   6. Discussion on the UNESCO/Italy Fund in trust project:
      “Development of NFE through ICT - CCNGO virtual discussions as
      inputs to the above mentioned events

It was recalled that the global component of the above mentioned project, aiming at
creating an international on-line network on literacy and non-formal education, was
initially developed thorough the CCNGO/EFA network. To this end regional on-line
discussions have been planned in Asia, Africa and Latin America to be held in the
UNESCO‟s        Website    (Exchange     Platform    on    non-formal    Education”
www.unesco.org/education/nfe). It was recalled that the outcomes of these on-line
discussions will be further debated during the 2004 CCNGO Annual Meeting and the
International Seminar on capacity Building to reinforce cross- regional exchanges.
The final results will be used as civil society‟s contribution to the 2006 Global
Monitoring Report on Literacy.

ASPBAE is launching an electronic discussion around an important issue in adult
literacy policy - "Resourcing for quality adult literacy".

“How can we persuade founders (government and donors) and providers (policy-
makers, administrators, politicians) that adult literacy learning programmes (ALLPs)
are important?” September 17 to October 1st 2004

“How can we persuade them to resource it adequately enough?” (4 -18, October
2004)

“CSO capacity building for policy engagement on EFA” (15 October-19 November
2004).

In AFRICA, ANCEFA is launching electronic discussions on the following themes:
“Capacity building for civil society engagement on EFA policy” (20 September - 7
October 2004).

“NFE's position in development policies within the framework of New Partnership for
Africa‟s Development (NEPAD) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)” (3 -
23 October 2004).

CEAAL has finalized the terms of reference for the implementation of the project in
Latin America – Education International is elaborating terms of reference to
moderate two virtual discussions.

It was recalled that an on-line data base has been developed in three languages
(Spanish, French and English)– The focal Points were invited to get NGOs in their
regions to register on the data base which will help them to exchange with one
another and add value to organization. It was recalled that the creation of the
database was a recommendation from the CCNGO Annual Meeting held in Bangkok
in 2001.

    7. Next Steps

    CEAAL should submit a list of participants from Latin America

    UNESCO Paris will submit a list of 4 people per region for the next teleconference
    (to be funded by the Organization)

    M. Aoyagi will contact the UNESCO field office to request support for funding
    local NGOs – based on the decentralization of funds (32C/5 Programme and
    Budget 2004-2005) - Main Line of Action 1.1.2.1 Planning for the implementation
    of EFA - Action 1.1.2.1.4 Strengthening civil society participation - Activity:
    Organize International Annual Meeting of the CCNGO/EFA Network

    UNESCO Beirut should:
-    cover the travel costs at least of the regional focal points,
-    cover the cost of translation (plenary and break away groups) into French
     (possibly Spanish)
-     provide feedback on the invitation procedure in the Arab region
-     share the list of participants from the Arab region
-     provide information on visa procedures
-     provide the name of a contact person for the hotel reservation
-    provide detailed information on the schedule for Cultural day
-     provide information on cost of employing someone from the Arab region to
     write a report on the Seminar on Capacity Building and suggest a suitable
     candidate (Arab NGO)
-    provide information on translation costs in 3 languages (English, French and
     Spanish) for the two days of the Seminar (7-8 December)

    UNESCO Paris and Beirut should discuss dinner arrangements during for the
    Annual Meeting

    The next coordination group meeting will be held in the evening of the 6th and
    8th of December 2004 at 17h00 at Samir‟s House.

    It was agreed that we would hold the next teleconference on the 19th October
    2004 at 14h30 Paris Time –(Ms Nour Dajani confirmed her availability).


Attachments:
   - Annex 1 – Draft Agenda 2004 CCNGO Annual Meeting (9-11 December
      2004)
   - Annex 2 – Draft Agenda International Seminar on Capacity Building for Civil
      Society Policy Engagement in EFA (7-8 December 2004)

								
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