The Regional Education Position presents a vision and four expected results in education. These were developed with an eye on: a commitment to supporting countries in reaching the MDGs and EFA goals; the organisation’s mandate, areas of comparative advantage and MTSP; the priorities of the Global UNICEF Education Strategy; and the unique contexts and challenges of the region, as documented in Education for Some More than Others?.
The vision guiding UNICEF’s work in education in the region is that every child in the region will access and complete basic education of good quality.
Given the relatively high enrolment rates and institutional capacity within the region, it is realistic for UNICEF to expand the vision of what constitutes “basic education” beyond that presented in global documents. In its position paper, the term basic education will include, at a minimum, one year of pre-primary education, the full primary cycle, and lower secondary school.
4 key result areas
UNICEF’s expected results for education in the region are summarised in Table 3 of its position paper. The full text of these results is as follows:
The proposed measures above build from 4 key supporting strategies designed to capture UNICEF’s areas of comparative advantage and ability to partner effectively with other stakeholders in making the greatest possible contribution toward each expected result and, ultimately, to UNICEF’s vision of ‘Education for All.’ These strategies describe UNICEF’s contributions toward making Child-Friendly Schools a reality through comprehensive reforms at every level of education systems.
• Knowledge management
With limited financial and human resources, UNICEF is not in a position to have a significant and lasting impact on education reforms alone. Therefore, it is critical for UNICEF to build strategic partnerships at regional level in order to leverage the influence and funding required for steering education reforms and driving system changes. Partnerships will be developed around several key issues for education in the region. Major partners in the region include: