Summary of BEGIN: Basic Education for Growth Initiative

1. Basic Philosophy

  • Emphasis on a commitment by the governments of developing countries and support of ownership
  • Recognition of cultural diversity and promotion of mutual understanding
  • Assistance based on collaboration and cooperation with the international community (partnership)
  • Promotion of community involvement and the utilization of local resources
  • Linkages with other development sectors
  • Utilization of Japan's experience in education

2. Priority Areas

  • Assistance for ensuring Access to education
    • Construction of school buildings and related facilities serving various needs
    • Assistance for elimination of gender disparities (girls' education)
    • Assistance for non-formal education (promotion of literacy education)
    • Active utilization of information and communication technology (ICT)
  • Assistance for improving Quality of education
    • Assistance for science and mathematics education
    • Assistance for teacher training
    • Assistance for improvement of school administration and operation
  • Improvement of Management of education
    • Enhancement of support for formulation of education policies and education development plans
    • Assistance for improvement of educational administration system

3. New Efforts by Japan

  1. Utilization of in-service teachers and establishment of "cooperation bases"
  2. Promotion of wide-ranging collaboration with international frameworks
    • Support to UNESCO
    • Support to UNICEF
    • Consideration on World Bank's Fast Track Initiative
    • Participation in the Association for the Development of Education in Africa (ADEA)
  3. Support for education for post-conflict nation-building

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