This essay seeks to discuss the importance of Education for All to a country like Zambia. It will also discuss the measures put up by Zambian government and lastly main educational challenges of attaining EFA by 2015.
According to the National EFA (1991), EFA is defined as, “every child, youth and adult must have the opportunity, through education to develop his or her talent for personal well being, for the service of one’s fellows and for the good of the nation.” Every child, youth and adult must have access to an educational programme which responds to one’s needs and is designed for one’s age and ability.
Education for all is important to a country like Zambia because, if every child, youth and adults acquire the basic learning needs like literacy, oral expressions, numeracy and problem solving, they will be able to survive, to develop their full capacities and live and work in dignity. EFA is also important because it can enable people in a country like Zambia to participate fully in the development of the nation. It can also help to improve the quality of their lives as their thinking and judging capacity will be improved. Kelly (1996:160) also said that, “EFA is important as it will help people to make informed decisions and continue learning.”
In a country like Zambia, EFA can help to promote education of others, to further the cause of social justice and to achieve environmental protection, to be tolerant towards social, political and religious systems which differ from their own.
Kelly (1996:160) wrote that EFA helps to ensure that commonly accepted humanistic values and human rights are upheld and to work for international peace and solidarity in an independent world.
EFA is also important to Zambia because it helps in the transmission and enrichment of common cultural and moral values of the nation. It increase literacy in adults and this means an increase in individuals campaigning for education as a fundamental human rights.
In trying to achieve this...