South-South Cooperation Fund in Education

Innovative Institutional
Arrangement: The example of
the UNESCO South-South
Cooperation Programme/
Fund for Education
UNESCO’s innovative institutional arrangement to
actively promote education through South-South
and North-South-South Cooperation
South-South Cooperation Programme/Fund
established in 2007 by UNESCO Executive Board
Result of sustained effort by G77 and China to
bring the issue of south-south cooperation to the
attention of Member States
Fund fully operational since January 2008
following establishment of governance and
coordinating mechanism through a Steering
Committee, and nomination of a Chair working
closely with the UNESCO Education Sector
What is ‘innovative’ about the Fund?
This Fund is unique amongst the various SouthSouth Funds managed by multilateral
organisations, in that it is dedicated exclusively
to supporting projects in the field of education
Fund established at the initiative of countries of
the South – the G77 & China - with funding
pooled so far only from developing countries
Projects selected on the basis of regional
priorities, through a democratic participatory
process, involving G-77 & China Regional
Groups and UNESCO’s regional offices
The Fund promotes the Education for All and
Millennium Development Goals
Pilot Projects currently implemented
by the Fund
Adult Literacy and Non-Formal
Education (NFE) – Arab States
ICT in Education Teacher Training –
Asia-Pacific Region
Mother-tongue based multilingual
education - Africa
Promoting disaster preparedness in
schools – Latin America &
Brief presentation of regional pilot
projects (1)
The Arab States project focuses on Adult literacy and
Non-Formal education (NFE) - it has 3 main
- To review current practices; identify gaps; and share
existing good practices in the region;
- To develop robust systems for monitoring adult
literacy and NFE to cater to the information needs of
major agents involved in NFE and literacy activities
in the Arab region
- To strengthen the capacity of literacy and NFE
planners and managers in the area of education
management information systems (NFE-MIS),
monitoring and evaluation
Brief presentation of regional pilot
projects (2)
The Africa region project on mother-tongue based
multilingual education seeks to identify best
practices in terms of teaching approaches, including
innovative use of teaching and learning materials,
that can be replicated/adapted in other countries
with similar challenges, to improve learning
This project responds to an issue of major concern
in Africa. In many countries, school children are
struggling with a foreign language of instruction,
inherited from the colonial period, which is
contributing to low levels of achievement, and poor
quality of education in general, and more specifically
among the most vulnerable groups.
Sharing of best practices is a concrete step in
sensitizing policy-makers about ways to overcome
current hurdles and improving the situation of
languages in education
Brief presentation of regional pilot
projects (3)
The theme of the Latin America and Caribbean
(LAC) Project - Promoting disaster preparedness
in schools - is an issue which concerns all parts of
the world, especially in the face of climate change
and global warming
Through this project, UNESCO regional office for LAC
is working with the network of UNESCO Associated
Schools, in view of equipping school children with
skills and knowledge to enable them to take an
active role in community protection and
environmental stewardship
Within the project, teaching/learning tools are
developed and shared, and best practices made
available through an online database
Brief presentation of regional pilot
projects (4)
The Asia-Pacific project on ICT in Education
teacher training builds on the vast experience of
the UNESCO Regional Asia-Pacific office in the area
of ICT in Education
It seeks to strengthen a network of Teacher Training
Institutions in the region by developing their
capacities in training teachers to use ICT effectively.
Within the project, an online platform has been
established and teacher training materials made
available both electronically and on CD-ROMs
Currently the project team is producing an online
version of the e-learning materials to facilitate wider
access and learning processes
Challenges & Way forward
The UNESCO South-South Cooperation
Programme/Fund in Education has so far
benefited only from support of developing
The pilot projects initiated with seed money
from developing countries have great potential
to be expanded, but they require further
funding from new partners, especially partners
of the North
There has been some reticence by development
partners to contribute to the Fund although the
governance mechanism including a Steering
Committee are in place and the Fund is fully
Challenges & Way forward (ctd)
Without due attention paid to areas such as
literacy/adult learning, Non-Formal Education,
teacher education, which are of vital
importance for many E-9 countries (Bangladesh,
Brazil, China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Pakistan,
Mexico and Nigeria), the EFA and MDG Goals will
not be attained in many of these highly
populated countries
Maintaining and increasing the level of
investment in Education, especially in the
countries of the South, is key to economic
development and global stability.
Effective and innovative partnerships are the
way forward.
How to support the Fund
To support the Fund, please contact:
Focal Point for South-South
Cooperation Programme/
Fund for Education
UNESCO Education Sector
Email: [email protected]
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