Swapping ideas and experiences on educational planning issues
Household costs for education
14 to 28 June 2011 (in French)
Quantitative and qualitative expansion of basic education and achievement of EFA goals call for devoting more financial resources to education systems. In developing countries, public domestic funding is often not sufficient and Government resources are complemented with various funding facilities from the development partners, contributions by parents and communities, and public-private partnerships to support educational development.
Although household contributions have been up to now a complement to finance the basic education, it is widely recognized in the developing countries and international community that these contributions constitute a real barrier to the access of many children in basic education.
Based on a series of research and activities undertook by IIEP on this theme, the Forum will help participants share experience on policies and strategies led in the areas of household expenditure for education, and of the economic barrier to access basic education. More specifically, the discussion will be centered on the following questions:
- How much families contribute for education (fees, other types of expenditures, hidden costs, opportunity costs)?
- How do education costs influence family decisions regarding schooling?
- What measures can be taken to reduce their expenditure?
The online forum will take place in French from 14 to 28 June 2011. Education professionals throughout the world are invited to participate, share their information and contribute to the reflection towards possible policy options to address this important financial issue surrounding the EFA goals.