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World Education Forum

From 26 to 28 April 2000, more than 1,100 participants from 164 countries assembed in Dakar, Senegal  for the World Education Forum. The purpose of forum was to review the progress made since the World Conference on Education for All in Jomtien, Thailand in March 1990.; to reaffirm commitment to EFA; and to map out appropriate strategies and resources to reach meet the goals of EFA.

By adopting the Dakar Framework for Action, Education for All: Meeting our Collective Commitments, the 1,100 participants of the Forum reaffirmed the vision of the World Declaration on Education for All adopted in Jomtien, Thailand in 1990.

The Dakar Framework also and entrusted UNESCO with the overall responsibility of co-ordinationg all international players and sustaining the global momentum. Participants to the Dakar World Education Forum ranged from teachers, reasearchers, government ministers and heads of major international organizations.

The Dakar Framework for Action states that the "heart of EFA lies at country level." It also affirms that "no countries seriously committed to education for all will be thwarted in their achievement of this goal by a lack of resources."

Dakar Framework for Action[English (pdf)] / [Arabic (pdf)] / [Chinese (pdf)]

A collective commitment to action signed by participants to the World Education Forum held in Dakar, Senegal on 28 April 2000.


Expanded Commentary on the Dakar Framework for Action [html] [pdf]

This commentary provides details on each goal and strategy of the Framework for Action on the basis of the many suggestions provided before and during the World Education Forum, most notably from its 24 strategy sessions.

Asia and the Pacific Regional Frameworks for Action [pdf]

One of the six regional EFA frameworks adopted during the World Education Forum, which outlines the challenges and regional objectives and strategies towards achieving education for all by 2015 in Asia and the Pacific.


The Dakar Appeal

An appeal for a Women's Alliance to promote the right of Women to Education read during the World Education Conference by Viviane Wade, wife of the President of Senegal.

Press Kit

Leaflet on the World Education Forum (pdf)  



World Education Forum Final Report    [English (pdf)] /  [Arabic (pdf)]


This document constitutes a report on the World Education Forum in Dakar, Senegal. It describes the discussions that took place and record the actions that resulted from participants' conviction that education is, as United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan put it in his keynote address, "the key for enabling succeeding generations to succeed." It includes a report on the progress since Jomtien, improving the quality adn equity of education for all, co-operating with civil society to achieve social goals through education, and promoting education for democracy and citizenship.