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Building a prosperous, modern and just Nepal that is economically independent and free from poverty is the key priority of the Government of Nepal (GoN). Achieving employment-oriented, pro-poor and broad based economic growth and appropriate human resource development are the key strategies for building an
educated and inclusive society. In this context, the GoN is committed to achieving the goals of Education for All (EFA) as well as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and targets by 2015, and it has demonstrated
its support by allocating 3.8% of the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and about 17% of the national budget to the education sector. The education development programmes in Nepal revolve around achieving the following three objectives: (i) ensuring access and equity in primary/basic education; (ii) enhancing quality and relevance of education; and (iii) improving efficiency and institutional capacity. These objectives are based on the human rights approach to education, which is underpinned in the Education for All National Plan of
Action (EFANPA) Nepal 2001-2015 and is also reflected in the Interim Constitution of Nepal 2007. The Interim Constitution included the right to
education and culture in its fundamental rights and committed to providing basic education for all citizens. Regarding the “Education and Cultural Rights”, part 3,article 17 of the constitution states: i. Each community shall have the right to get basic education in their mother tongue as provided for in
the law. ii. Every citizen shall have the right to free education from the State up to secondary level as provided for in the law. iii. Each community residing in Nepal shall have the right to preserve and promote its language, script, culture, cultural civility and heritage. A number of development partners, bilateral and multilateral donors are supporting Nepal in improving
its education system with a view to improving and providing educational services to all, especially girls and the disadvantaged. As a leading EFA partner, UNESCO plays a catalytic and substantive role in furthering and supporting education priorities and objectives. As part of this effort, UNESCO has prepared the UNESCO National Education Support Strategy (UNESS) for Nepal 2008-2013. The document highlights issues and priorities for investment and interventions in the education sector. It is the result of a consultative process, with inputs from the Ministry of Education (MoE), development
partners, UN agencies, I/NGOs and civil society organizations (CSOs). The UNESS is a working document designed within a medium-term perspective of six years and it will be updated every two years. Through UNESS and other initiatives such as the Common Country Assistance (CCA) and the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), UNESCO will continue to play its role, especially in priority areas as EFA monitoring, literacy and non-formal education, gender equality and inclusive education and quality of education. The document will serve as an important tool for guiding UNESCO’s participation in and contribution to the School Sector Reform Plan (SSRP 2009-2015), to be
implemented beginning in 2009, upon the completion of Education for All Programme 2004-2009. The predominant focus in this strategic document is
on basic education for all children, adolescents and youth within a lifelong learning approach. It uses the Education for All goals as a foundation, with particular reference to the educational rights of children and literacy for all, embracing the perspective of continuing education.
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