Our research work in urban instructional environments, arts-integrated classrooms, and the different styles of assessment resulted in helping our partners create more powerful learning environments. It also turned up thousands of school sites that have been destroyed by natural or man-made disasters, or are simply in need of new classrooms, a problem we had not predicted we would have to address. One of our responses is providing a portable classroom that delivers the power of learning to children who have lost all hope of learning.

Education for All

Education for All (EFA) is an international initiative first launched in Jomtien, Thailand, in 1990 to bring the benefits of education to “every citizen in every society.” In order to realize this aim, a broad coalition of national governments, civil society groups, and development agencies such as UNESCO and the World Bank committed to achieving six specific education goals:

    • Expand and improve comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
    • Ensure that by 2015 all children, particularly girls, those in difficult circumstances, and those belonging to ethnic minorities, have access to and complete, free, and compulsory primary education of good quality.
    • Ensure that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and life-skills programs.
    • Achieve a 50 % improvement in adult literacy by 2015, especially for women, and equitable access to basic and continuing education for all adults.
    • Eliminate gender disparities in primary and secondary education by 2005, and achieve 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.
    • Improve all aspects of the quality of education and ensure the excellence of all so that recognized and measurable learning outcomes are achieved by all, especially in literacy, numeracy and essential life skills.

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