The perceived minimal participation of civil society in the first Philippine Education For All (EFA) decade (1991-2000) was the springboard for the creation of the Civil Society Network for Education Reforms otherwise known as E-Net Philippines.

During the August 1999 EFA 1 assessment, this lack of participation by civil society was seen as a missed opportunity to engage in setting the Philippine education agenda as may be stipulated in the EFA 1 plan. By this time, working groups were created in early childhood care and development (ECCD), non-formal education, formal education, and education financing to focus on work in these specific sectors. E-Net Philippines was also adopted as the name to identify the body.

In April 2000, during a conference at the UP College of Education, E-Net Philippines was formalized as an organization. The vision, mission, and goals were drafted, and working groups were formalized into task forces. A plan of action was also ratified that included discussions on the four major issues leading to the development of an education reform agenda.

In 2001, E-Net Philippines conducted discussions on key education issues in National Capital Region (NCR), Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and came out with an Education Reform Agenda (ERA). This process of consultations with key education organizations in the Philippines seeks to ensure that the broadest possible consensus may be achieved, allowing all education issues to be discussed. This was capped by the E-Net Philippines' First General Assembly where its Constitution and By-laws as well as a General Program of Action (GPOA) were adopted.

E-Net Philippines were able to bring together various entities sharing the common objective in working for education reforms towards achieving good quality education for all through the combination of formal and alternative learning systems.

E-Net Philippines, as a network of civil society, is a venue for pushing education reforms and for complementing, consolidating and integrating various initiatives of civil society organizations. E-Net works to connect various civil society organizations involved in the education sector, and connect these efforts with government education programs so that positive changes in policy and practice may be created to expand civil society influence in effecting positive changes in education.

Today, the network has than 150 member networks and organizations based in the Philippines. E-Net Philippines now sits as a co-chair of the National EFA Committee. It also became a member of the Asia Pacific Bureau of Adult Education (ASPBAE) and the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), international networks of civil society groups that are active in the drive for Education for All..


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