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Originally launched in 1987 to focus mainly on non-formal adult education, APPEAL has since expanded its programmes to promote the six Education For All (EFA) goals set in the Dakar Framework for Action adopted at the World Education Forum in 2000.

UNESCO's Asia-Pacific Programme of Education for All (APPEAL)

is a regional co-operative programme designed to promote basic education for all in the Asia and Pacific region. It was launched in New Delhi on 23 February 1987. It originated as a recommendation by the Fifth Regional Conference of Ministers of Education and those responsible for Economic Planning in Asia and the Pacific (MINEDAP V, Bangkok, 1985). Subsequently, the resolution was unanimously adopted by the twenty-third session of UNESCO's General Conference (Sofia, 1985).


The overall aim of APPEAL is to promote lifelong learning through the integration of all aspects of educational planning including literacy, universal primary education and continuing education. Although APPEAL focused mainly on non-formal adult education during the 1990s, its coverage has expanded to include formal primary education in view of the Dakar Framework for Action adopted at the World Education Forum (Senegal, 2000).


To achieve the EFA goals, APPEAL emphasizes lifelong learning through the integration of all aspects of educational planning including literacy, continuing education, universal primary education, early childhood care and education, inclusive education, mainstreaming gender in education, mainstreaming a human rights-based approach to education and promoting human rights education. In line with UNESCO's global strategy, APPEAL is emphasizing gender mainstreaming in all of its programmes.