Nations Literacy Decade: Education For All
(International Plan of Action; Implementation of General Assembly Resolution 56/116)
|Date of Issue (September 06, 2003)||
The General Assembly at its fifty-sixth session adopted its resolution
56-116 entitled "United Nations Literacy Decade: education for all",
in which it proclaimed the United Nations Literacy Decade for period 2003-2012
towards the goal of Education for All. The proposal for a United nations
literacy decade was brought forward at the fifty fourth session of the
assembly (see resolution 54/122), endorsed at the roundtable convened
at the World Education Forum, held in Dakar in 2000, and reiterated by
the Assembly at its special session, held in Geneva in 2000. The proclamation
of the United Nations Literacy Decade by the Assembly at its fifty sixth
session was welcomed by the commission on Human Rights in its resolution
2002/23 of 22 April 2002 on the right to education.
six goals of the Dakar Framework for Action
Ensuring that by 2015 all children, particularly girls, children in difficult
circumstances and those belonging to ethnic minorities, have access to
and complete, free and compulsory primary education of good quality;
Ensuring that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met
through equitable access to appropriate learning and life skills programmers;
Achieving a 50 per cent improvement in levels of adult literacy by 2015,
especially for women, and equitable access to basic and continuing education
for all adults;
Eliminating gender disparities in primary and secondary education by 2005
and achieving gender equality in education by 2015, with a focus on ensuring
girls' full and equal access to and achievement in basic education of
(6) Improving all aspects of the quality of education and ensuring excellence of all so that recognized and measurable learning outcomes are achieved by all, especially in literacy, in-numeracy and essential life skills.
is the common thread that runs through the six goals. Indeed, the acquisition
of stable and sustainable literacy skills by all will ensure that people
can actively participate in a range of learning opportunities throughout
life. Literacy for all is the foundation for lifelong learning for all
and a tool for empowering individuals and their communities.
The plan of action builds on the draft proposal and plan for a United
Nations literacy decade (A/56/114 and Add. 1-E/2001/93 and Add. 1) and
articulates essential requirements and the focus of actions for the successful
implementation of the Literacy Decade as a thrust of Education for all
efforts. It aims to stimulate action taken by national Government, local
communities, individuals, non-governrnent organizations (NG0s), universities,
public and private organizations and civil society in their broad coalition.
It also aims to mobilize international agencies and national Governments
or forging global commitments.
Implementation at National Level
1 . Policy and Planning: Plan for the Literacy Decade through incorporating a Literacy for All component in Education for All plans, with a realistic time frame for the entire 10 years period of the Literacy Decade.
Advocacy: Draw up plans for advocacy actions at all levels in cooperation
with all stakeholders, such as government functionaries, NG0s, civil society,
institutions funding agencies, local communities, local governments and
Director General, UNESCO officially visited Pakistan on May 21-22, 2003
to launch the international Literacy Decade in Pakistan. Ministry of Education
in collaboration with UNESCO is organizing various programmes with a view
to mobilize all possible support through national institutions, multi-lateral
and bilateral partners, civil society and the private sector for the noble
cause of promotion of Literacy Besides other programmes being implemented.
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