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Local Education Donor Group and UNESCO. Teeluck Bhuwanee, Coordinator GSE Mexico– 04 November 2009. Local Education Donor Group Groupe Sectoriel Education (GSE).

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Local Education Donor Group and UNESCO

Teeluck Bhuwanee,


Mexico– 04 November 2009

Local Education Donor GroupGroupe Sectoriel Education (GSE)

  • Members : about 15 agenciesactivelycooperating (AECID, IADB, CIDA, EU, FRANCE, SWISS, UNICEF, UNFPA, UNESCO, USAID, WB, WFP…etc )

  • Coordination by UNESCO: monthly meetings since 2003 (60th meeting)

    Terms of Reference of LEG :

  • Exchange of information and commonactivities (projects, surveys, discussions etc) on major education issues

  • Coordinated effort/synergyamongmembers on priorities

  • Setting up of Working Groups on different issues and follow up

  • Technical and financial support to the Ministry of Education


  • Better understanding of each other’s projects and activities

  • Common knowledge regarding education priorities

  • Agreement and coordinated effort on main actions to be undergone

  • Planning together for 2010-2012

  • E.g. Designed the FTI project proposal accepted by the Catalytic Fund in August 2009 for 22 million USD

Education statistics: Haiti

  • Net enrollment ratio 2002-2003:

    56.37% preschool

    76% Basic (1st and 2nd cycles)

    22% Post basic and secondary

  • Number of out of school children: 6 to 11 years old: 400,000

  • Over-aged students 2002-2003: preschool 38%, Basic 72% .

  • Schooling expense per child: 109 USD per year

  • Illiteracy rate 13 years and over (national average): 57.24% (women: 59.14%, men 55.27%)

  • Education share of the Budget: 10.8%: 2009-2010

Haitian government priorities as expressed in National Strategy 2008 and Action Plan

  • Improve equity in the development and protection of early childhood

  • Improve equity in the access to formal and non formal education

  • Improve the internal efficiency of basic and post-basic education

  • Improve the external efficiency of basic and post-basic education

  • Improve the overall management and governance of the system.

Specific Objectives to achieve EFA

  • Emphasis on access of poor communities, by reducing school fees (currently 4,360 HGTS -109 USD- per year) and by providing each of the 565 communal sections with a public school of at least six classrooms

  • Increasing the quality of basic education (1st - 2nd cycle) by designing a relevant curriculum, fostering trained and qualified (certified) teachers and schools principals

  • Need for an education geared to Skills Development, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) as a booster to the economy and employment

Investment in education

  • Limited by government, low budget, inadequate funding

  • External funding (each country and agency having its own modalities and sometimes priority) still not totally coordinated, dispersed due to weak institutional leadership and low capacity

  • External funding still project based and not using sector-wide approach

Gaps in funding the National Strategy 2009-2012

  • Total costs714.6 m $

  • Domestic funding435.3 m $

  • External support176.5 m $

  • Funding gaps

    (after donor contribution)102.7 m $

    Total Funding gap279.3 m $

  • EFA Fast Track Initiative: 23 m for 3 years

Priorities of funding to ensure sustainability of the educational system

  • Developing and strengthening the public system for the poor by progressive state funding of education while allowing private schooling

  • Establishing norms and standards

  • Broadening access, equity and ensuring quality through more relevant curriculum and better trained teachers

  • Getting community and parental participation

  • Pilot at local level like the FTI to ensure adequate funding and limit dispersion

Thank you for your attention

Teeluck Bhuwanee

Head of Office and

UNESCO Representative

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