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close this bookWorld Conference on Education for All: Meeting Basic Learning Needs - Final Report (UNICEF - UNDP - UNESCO - WB - WCEFA, 1990, 129 p.)
close this folderAppendices
close this folder2. Framework for Action
close this folderPrinciples of Action
close this folder3. Priority Action at World Level
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View the document3.1 Cooperation within the International Context
View the document3.2 Enhancing National Capacities
View the document3.3 Providing Sustained Long-term Support for National and Regional Actions
View the document3.4 Consultations on Policy Issues


41. The world community has a well-established record of cooperation in education and development. However, international funding for education stagnated during the early 1980s; at the same time, many countries have been handicapped by growing debt burdens and economic relationships that channel their financial and human resources to wealthier countries. Because concern about the issues in basic education is shared by industrialised and developing countries alike, international cooperation can provide valuable support for national efforts and regional actions to implement the expanded vision of basic Education for All. Time, energy, and funding directed to basic education are perhaps the most profound investment in people and in the future of a country which can be made; there is a clear need and strong moral and economic argument for international solidarity to provide technical cooperation and financial assistance to countries that lack the resources to meet the basic learning needs of their populations.