World Education Forum (26-28 April 2000, Dakar) adopted the Dakar Framework for Action, Education for All: Meeting our Collective Commitments.
We hereby collectively commit ourselves to the attainment of the following goals:
(i) Expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children;
(ii) 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;
(iii) Ensuring that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and life-skills programmes;
(iv) 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;
(v) 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 good quality;
(vi) 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, numeracy and essential life skills.
In 2006, access remains limited for most of the world’s young people. In 2006, only 60% of boys and 57% of girls attended primary school in East Africa. In sub-Saharan Africa, 75% of Secondary School-aged children are not enrolled in secondary school for lack of resources. (EFA Report 2008)