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ERIC Number: ED508619
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 47
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-0-9018-8110-4
Long Term Planning for EFA and the MDGs: Modes and Mechanisms. Create Pathways to Access. Research Monograph No. 7
Lewin, Keith M.
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This discussion paper provides an overview and analytic guide to long term planning of education systems in the context of Education for All and the Millennium Development Goals. Long term gains in educational access depend on anticipating future financial and non-financial constraints on growth and on successful implementation of plans which support growth that can be sustained. Some recent expansion of primary schooling has failed to take a sufficiently long term approach to growth and has risked the creation of resource bottlenecks, poor trade offs between quality and quantity, and dependence on uncertain financing. The paper first outlines three different styles of long term planning--Planning Lite, Framework National Planning, and Participatory Planning. It distinguishes between aspirational and target-generating approaches. It then describes the processes and tools that are needed to develop long term plans for expanded access that can reconcile goals and targets with realistic resource envelopes. These processes are designed to include mechanisms to promote consensus and build commitment. The nature of Medium Term Expenditure Frameworks (MTEF) is then explored as a necessary tool to manage implementation. Appendix 1 provides more detailed discussion of the three approaches to planning. Appendix 2 elaborates on aspirational planning and gradients of achievement. Appendix 3 explores issues concerned with targets and indicators of performance. Appendix 4 contains a selected list of source materials. (Contains 15 footnotes, 8 figures, and 1 table.) [This study was commissioned by the Department for International Development in response to the need to re-examine approaches to long term planning and to investment strategies to expand access to primary and secondary schooling. It first presented at the annual Human Development Retreat of Education and Health Advisors in February 2007.]
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Consortium for Research on Educational Access, Transitions and Equity (CREATE)
Identifiers - Location: Africa; Asia