Eswatini became a GPE partner last year, after the country finalized its Education Sector Strategic Plan and Multi-Year Action Plan. Civil society organizations played a key role in preparing the planning documents by actively participating in the process.
Civil society contributed to the education policy dialogue since 2019, when the country’s national education coalition, the Swaziland Network Campaign for Education for All (SWANCEFA), became the coordinating agency for the first local education group in the country.
SWANCEFA is the first national civil society organization to assume the role of coordinating agency in a GPE partner country.
All education stakeholders come together
A local education group gathers CSOs, development partners, NGOs, parents, youth, students, teachers, philanthropy and the private and business sector as a forum for dialogue and assistance for the education sector; it is a pillar of GPE’s operating model in the country.
Eswatini’s partnership with GPE has seen all stakeholders coming together to have a voice in the country’s education affairs. For a small country like Eswatini, with a dwindling economy, this has come at an opportune time as all stakeholders need to pool their resources in support of education for all children.
Eswatini’s local education group uses a sector-wide approach to inform planning, budgeting, monitoring and evaluation. This approach helps to provide assistance that emphasizes strengthening national ownership and building a nationally-managed system in education.
The group discusses all matters that touch upon and promote education for sustainable development. The Ministry of Education and Training, together with SWANCEFA, coordinate to prepare the group meetings’ agendas and convene members to join the meetings.
Using this coordination approach led Eswatini to receive a GPE grant of US$500,000 to develop the education sector strategy. This strategy helped in seeking funding from external partners as the local economy cannot support many of the programs included in the strategy.
A joint effort in the improvement of our education system augurs well for future generations. bravo!
This is a great example of good strategy as a hallmark for success in advocacy. The choice by SWANCEFA to work with government in confronting the education challenges Eswatini is facing is contextually innovative and sustainable. Well done SWANCEFA team!
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