The Civil Society Education Coalition
since July, 2000.
Getting to Know Who We Are
In its advocacy programmes, the coalition facilitates capacity building and training of civil society organizations, and sensitizes and mobilizes local grassroots structures such as Parents' Teacher Associations (PTAs) and School Management Committees (SMCs) and communities in order to effectively contribute towards implementation of education plans at national, regional, district and area levels.
We are currently being financially supported by Trocaire Malawi, Idasa, ANCEFA, and OSISA.
Objectives & Activities
- To advocate for actions and policies needed to ensure that every person in Malawi can realise their rights to quality education;
- To provide a common platform for civil society organisations campaigning on issues of quality education for all;
- To facilitate co-operation with national; sub regional; regional and global networks in pursuit of its aims, such as ANCEFA and SANCEFA;
- To facilitate formation of a national movement with a long-term commitment to promote and monitor the implementation of the right to education and the achievement of education policies;
- To raise resources to support activities of member organizations
Education For All Goals:
The Coalition’s objectives and activities are largely aimed at lobbying for and tracking the agreements made by multilateral and bilateral Development Partners (DPs) in Dakar, Senegal in 2000 during an assessment of progress made in the first decade of EFA (1990-2000). EFA assessment in the year 2000 revealed that little was done by developing countries to promote basic education for all irrespective of continuous flow of aid from the developed countries. Among key challenges identified were limited political willingness to spend on education and corrupt practices which compromised impact of the aid. Following the assessment, the six EFA goals were refocused as follows:
Goal 1: Expansion 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, children 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 by 2005 and achieving gender equality in education by 2015, with a focus on ensuring girls’ full and equal access to and achievement in basic education of good quality;
Goal 6: Improve the quality of education and learning achievement
- Conducting budget monitoring as a way to hold the government accountable and transparent in use of funds meant for education with special focus on the following pro poor priority expenditures: Teaching and Learning Materials (TLMs), Teacher Training, Teacher Welfare, Inspection, Early Childhood Development, Special Needs Education, and cross cutting Issues of Gender and HIV/AIDS.
- Conducting research with the objective to collect adequate information for planning and advocacy. Key emphasis is on issues of access, equity, quality and relevance on education such as : enrolment of pupils, drop outs, absenteeism (pupils/teachers), community involvement in school development work, HIV/AIDS impact, violence against pupils, and teacher distribution
- Building the capacity of civil society organizations and district education networks belonging to the network for them to advocate on policy issues. The areas of capacity building are Research, advocacy and lobbying, media communication, policy analysis, project management, monitoring and evaluation
- Advocating for the achievement of Education for All (EFA) goals as well as education Millennium Development Goals (MDGS). In this regard the Coalition advocates for expansion of early childhood development (ECD), universal free and compulsory primary education (UPE), life skills development for out of school youth, increase in adult literacy, gender parity in primary and secondary education as well as improvements in quality and excellence in education. In its advocacy the Coalition engages with policy makers such as Members of Parliament (MPs) from relevant committees, officials from Executive Government, donors and the media. Every year the Coalition joins other Global Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) in Global Campaign for Education(GCE) through the National launch and district campaign activities
- Enhancing participation of CSOs, and grassroots communities in policy formulation, implementation, monitoring and review at all levels, the network engages in community mobilization and sensitization campaigns. The targeted people are members of the Coalition, District Assemblies and school governance structures like School Management Committees (SMCs) and Parents Teacher Associations (PTAs).
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