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close this bookMeeting Basic Learning Needs: A Vision for the 1990s (UNICEF - UNDP - UNESCO - WB - WCEFA, 1990, 170 p.)
close this folder3. An Expanded Vision of Basic Education for All
close this folderA. Shaping the Vision
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View the document(i) Universalizing access and promoting equity
View the document(ii) Focussing on learning
View the document(iii) Broadening the means and scope of basic education
View the document(iv) Enhancing the environment for learning
View the document(v) Strengthening partnerships

(v) Strengthening partnerships

National, regional, and local educational authorities have a unique obligation to provide basic education for all, but they cannot be expected to supply every human, financial or organizational requirement for this task. New and revitalized partnerships at all levels will be necessary: partnerships among all subsectors and forms of education; partnerships between education and other government departments, including planning, finance, labour, agriculture, communications, health, social welfare, etc.; partnerships between government and non-governmental organizations, the private sector, local communities, religious groups, and families. Recognition of the vital role of families, teachers and other educational personnel is particularly important. In this context, the terms and conditions of service of teachers and their status, which constitute a determining factor in the implementation of education for all, must be urgently improved in all countries in line with the joint ILO/UNESCO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Teachers (1966). Genuine partnerships, which contribute to the planning, implementing, managing and evaluating of basic education programmes, are at the heart of the expanded vision and renewed commitment called for in the World Declaration on Education for All. (See Appendix for the final version of the World Declaration on Education for All adopted at Jomtien, Thailand on 9 March 1990.)

The scope of unmet learning needs also requires partnerships among countries (1) to exchange information, experiences, and innovations; (2) to collaborate on activities so as to reduce costs and pool human and financial resources; and (3) to provide technical assistance and financial support. The World Conference on Education for All can serve as the cornerstone for this process of international partnership and co-operation. The objectives of the Conference were to create a new awareness of basic learning, to produce a broad consensus on a feasible definition of the basic learning concept, to create new commitments to the goal of meeting the basic learning needs of all, to define a framework for action, and to mobilize worldwide support and resources. The realization of these goals will broaden dramatically the range of partners involved in meeting basic learning needs and will help orient and organize their efforts.