The overall objective of the Education Sector Program I (ESP I) is to contribute to poverty reduction in Nepal by increasing the level of education attainment, particularly for girls and disadvantaged groups. ESP I aims at achieving: (i) improved policy interventions in primary and basic education and performance targets under the Nepal Education for All (EFA) 2004-2009, and (ii) a broadly accepted and financed 1-12 school sector reform and restructuring framework, for implementation by FY2010. ESP I will support EFA by joining the Joint Financing Agreement (JFA). It will help finance the three remaining years of EFA, and help monitor, assess and improve policy implementation under EFA jointly with other pooling donors. Furthermore, ESP I will support the Government's ongoing process of preparing a policy, governance, management, and financing framework appropriate for an integrated 1-12 school sector.
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