10 Things About EFA FTI
- The Education for All – Fast Track Initiative (EFA FTI) is a partnership of donors and developing countries, multilateral institutions, the private sector and civil society organizations which wants all children around the world to receive a quality education.
- EFA FTI was launched in 2002 to ensure fast progress toward education for all children. Donor and developing countries agree that education is the best investment in a nation’s future; education can halt the spread of AIDS and other diseases, increase economic growth and break the cycle of poverty.
- EFA FTI supports education in 44 developing countries, including 25 in sub-Saharan Africa.
- From 2002 to 2008, the number of children enrolled in schools in FTI countries in Africa rose by 50% and 19 million more children were enrolled in school in FTI countries worldwide.
- More than 300,000 teachers were hired in FTI-endorsed countries between 2002 and 2008 with support from FTI’s main trust fund.
- Between 2004 and 2010, FTI helped to build around 30,000 classrooms, provided more than 200 million textbooks and granted over two billion dollars in financial aid to developing countries.
- Girls make up 54% of newly enrolled children in FTI countries and 27 FTI countries have achieved or are close to achieving the goal of boys and girls equally completing primary school.
- Despite significant progress, 67 million children are out of school worldwide, including 44 million girls, and 38 million children in Africa alone.
- EFA FTI is not only about financing: it helps donors and developing country partners work together to ensure that education aid is better coordinated and more effective, based on countries’ own education strategies.
- The endorsement by the EFA FTI partnership of a country’s education plan signals to current and new donors that it is sound, sustainable and a good investment.
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