|The Education for All Teacher-Training Package - Volume 2 (UNDP - UNESCO, 1995, 124 p.)|
The World Declaration on Education for All, adopted unanimously in March 1990 by the World Conference on Education for All meeting in Jomtien, Thailand, is a call for action to meet the basic learning needs of all children, youth and adults. The Conference was convened and sponsored jointly by the executive heads of UNESCO, UNICEF, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Bank. It was hosted by the Government of Thailand, and eighteen other governments and organizations were co-sponsors.
The Declaration underpins a worldwide consensus on an expanded vision of basic education and a renewed commitment to provide education for all in all countries. The task of giving effective expression to the values and ideas it embodies constitutes a major challenge to teachers everywhere and indeed to all those engaged in the educational process at all levels. Their co-operation and support and, above all, their own understanding of and commitment to these values and ideas together constitute the most important prerequisites for success. Only through their efforts will basic learning needs be met and thus lead to the empowerment of both individuals and society which is central to the expanded vision of basic education for all.
Recognizing this, UNESCO, supported by UNDP, launched a project to prepare a teacher-training package which would make the main messages of the World Conference readily accessible to those involved in basic education worldwide. The package has been designed to encourage all working at the grass roots to think in practical terms about the implications of Education for All and about what it means to meet basic learning needs. The purpose has been to provide a basis for in-service training courses for teachers as well as for courses at the pre-service level. Presented in the form of a series of topics, the package has been designed as a complement to teacher-training programmes. At the same time, the material will be found to be well-suited for self-directed study by teachers, teacher trainers and personnel engaged in education management and administration, working individually or in groups.
It can also be adapted for use in distance education. Furthermore, it is hoped that the package will be of value as a means of preparing the ground for the longer-term process which, with the collaboration of ministries and education authorities, non-governmental bodies and teacher-training institutions, will ensure the continued development of the materials and their acceptance as an integral part of pre-service and in-service training programmes for education personnel.
The materials which make up the package were prepared in the context of technical co-operation among developing countries. They are the product of development and testing of a series of modular elements by three working groups of educators and teachers - one in Africa (based in Zimbabwe), one in Asia (based in the Philippines) and one in the Caribbean (based in Jamaica). Their contributions, therefore, reflect the settings in which they work. But to emphasize the common purpose, provision was made for the leaders of the groups to meet together to review, assess and consolidate their contributions. The overall design of the package and the final editing and adapting of the material has been carried out by Mrs. Sheila M. Haggis.
Sheila Haggis worked with great courage and commitment to complete this package before her untimely passing in April 1995. The materials reflect her absolute dedication to the cause of Education for All. Sheila Haggis joined UNESCO in 1969 and devoted her life to helping teachers and teacher-educators worldwide. This package is dedicated to her memory.
Colin N. Power
Assistant Director-General for Education