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Dakar framework for action


Dakar framework for action

Education for All: Meeting our Collective Commitments
Adopted by the World Education Forum
Dakar, Senegal, 26-28 April 2000
Including six regional frameworks for action


The Dakar Framework for Action is based on the most extensive evaluation of education ever undertaken, the Education for All (EFA) 2000 Assessment. Called for by the World Conference of Education for All, the Assessment produced a detailed analysis of the state of basic education around the world. Each country assessed its progress towards the goals of Jomtien and reported its findings at six regional conferences in 1999 and 2000. The six regional EFA frameworks adopted at these conferences represent an integral part of the Framework for Action, and are therefore part of this document.

The Dakar Framework for Action states that the ‘heart of EFA lies at country level’. It also affirms that ‘no countries seriously committed to education for all will be thwarted in their achievement of this goal by a lack of resources’. To complement the efforts of national governments, UNESCO, as the lead agency in education, will co-ordinate and mobilize all partners at national, regional and international levels: multilateral and bilateral funding agencies, non-governmental organizations and the private sector as well as broad-based civil society organizations. States should strengthen or develop national plans by 2002 to achieve EFA goals and targets no later than 2015. Particular emphasis will be given to areas of concern identified at Dakar, such as HIV/AIDS, early childhood education, school health, education of girls and women, adult literacy and education in situations of crisis and emergency.