At the World Education Forum held in Dakar, Senegal, in April 2000, more than 160 Member States and the international community committed to attaining quality education for all by 2015 through achievement of the Six Education for All (EFA) goals. With the target year just around the corner and ongoing dialogue on the future education agenda, it is time for all countries and the Arab region as a whole to reflect on their progress towards the EFA goals and targets and start thinking about where to, beyond 2015.   

To this end, Member States in the Arab region conducted national reviews of EFA in 2014 to assess progress made, highlight issues and challenges encountered and propose a way forward to inform the future education agenda beyond 2015, as a follow?up to the Global Education Meeting held in Muscat in May 2014 and in preparation for the Arab States Regional Conference on Education Post?2015 that took place in January 2015. 

There is much story to tell of countries’ journey towards attaining quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2015. National reports were a result of a long and rigorous process of data collection, verification, analysis and documentation. Ministers of Education lead highly inclusive and participatory national processes in producing the comprehensive and detailed country reports that address all 6 EFA goals, discusses country challenges, successes and strategies and that make recommendations on the way forward. 

Based on the analyses of National Review reports and of complementary data from UNESCO Institute of Statistics (UIS), the Regional Synthesis Report attempts to reflect on the region’s performance since 2000 and illustrate Member States’ efforts through documentation of good practices and lessons learned included in the National Review reports. The draft Regional version of the Regional Report was presented at aforementioned Regional Conference on Education Post 2015 held in January 2015 during which discussions were held both in plenary and breakout sessions in order to solicit further reflections on the region’s EFA performance and contribute to shaping the future education agenda from regional and national perspectives.