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Foro Consultivo Internacional sobre Educación para Todos

Dakar, Senegal, 26 a 28 de abril de 2000

Education For All in the Americas

Regional Framework of Action

(Santo Domingo, February 10-12, 2000)

Preface

Ten years after the "World Conference on Education For All" (Jomtien, 1990), the countries of Latin America, the Caribbean, and North America assessed progress made within the region in terms of achieving the objectives and goals outlined in Jomtien. Meeting in San Domingo from February 10-12, 2000, the countries agreed to the present Regional Framework of Action in which they renewed their commitments to Education For All for the next 15 years.

The countries of the region base their proposals and actions upon the recognition of the universal right of everyone to high-quality basic education from birth.

This Regional Framework of Action ratifies and lends continuity to the efforts made by countries during the past decade to achieve ever-higher levels of education for their peoples as attested in numerous international, regional, and sub-regional meetings . In these meetings(1) as well as in the actions countries have carried out, we see them put into practice the conviction that education is the key to sustainable human development. For education stimulates the broadening of opportunities for quality education and promotes in citizens an awareness of their rights and responsibilities.

This Regional Framework of Action seeks to fulfill still-pending commitments of the past decade: to eliminate the inequalities that persist in education and to see to it that everyone has access to basic education that prepares them to be active participants in development.

The diversity of situations among countries and the heterogeneity of conditions within them make it difficult to formulate homogeneous strategies aimed at reaching objectives and fulfilling commitments agreed upon by all. This means that countries must convert regional commitments into national goals, according to their own capabilities. Nevertheless, within this diversity there is a common denominator of poverty, inequality, and exclusion that affects a large proportion of families in the region who lack educational opportunities to aid their development and that of their communities. From this arises the countries' shared commitment to give priority to these individuals through differentiated strategies and focuses.

In this Regional Framework of Action countries within the region commit themselves to establish national level mechanisms for public policy cooperation that express the shared responsibilities of government, the private sector and society in general to define and attain specific goals. They also commit themselves to periodic, open review of their actions. Increasingly, the new millennium demands that education, which is a right of all, be the object of State policies that are stable, long-range, arrived at through consensus, and that are backed by the commitment of all members of society. For this reason, processes must be developed that are buttressed by information and by communication, establishing partnerships with all media involved in producing them.

The Regional Framework of Action also calls upon organizations of international cooperation to contribute to overcoming intra-regional disparities by giving priority to the efforts of countries which face the greatest challenges in reaching their goals.

I. ACHIEVEMENTS AND PENDING SUBJECTS

The Regional Framework of Action seeks to consolidate the major achievements of "Education For All" attained within the region during the decade of the 90s. On the regional level these include:

This Framework recognizes that in spite of these achievements, a number of subjects that merit the attention of countries in the region are still pending. Among these are:

II. CHALLENGES RECOGNIZED IN THE REGIONAL FRAMEWORK OF ACTION

Subjects still pending present challenges that the countries of the region have decided to confront in the coming years. They will do so using the common denominator of the search for equity and equality of opportunity, for quality education, and for the sharing of responsibilities by all of society.

The challenges are the following:

Considering past achievements, pending subjects, and challenges, the countries, through this Regional Framework of Action make the following commitments:

III. COMMITMENTS OF THE REGIONAL FRAMEWORK OF ACTION

1. Early childhood care and education

Considering that:

The countries pledge to:

2. Basic education

Considering that:

The countries pledge to:

3. Satisfying basic learning needs of young people and of adults

Considering that:

The countries pledge to:

4. Learning achievements and quality of education

Considering that:

The countries pledge to:

5. Inclusive education

Considering that:

The countries pledge to:

6. Education for life

Considering that:

The countries pledge to:

7. Increase of national investment in education and effective mobilization of resources on all levels

Considering that:

The countries pledge to:

8. Professional enhancement for teachers

Considering that:

The countries pledge to:

9. New opportunities for participation of the community and the society

Considering that:

The countries pledge to:

10. Linking of basic education to strategies for overcoming poverty and inequality

Considering that:

The countries pledge to:

11. Utilization of technologies in education

Considering that:

The countries pledge to:

12. Management of education

Considering that:

The countries pledge to:

IV. A CALL FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION

The countries of the region, upon assuming the above commitments:

 Informes de los Países Iberoamericanos
 World Education Forum. Dakar 2000
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 Ponencia en la Primera Sesión Plenaria: Mª del Rosario Fernández Santamaría, Secretaria General Adjunta, de la Organización de Estados Iberoamericanos, para la Educación la Ciencia y la Cultura (OEI)
 Declaración Mundial sobre Educación para Todos. Jomtien 1990

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