The six goals of the Dakar Framework for Action(1) Expanding and improving comprehensive early childhood care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children;
(2) 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;
(3) Ensuring that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and life skills programmers;
(4) 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;
(5) 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.,
(6) 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, in-numeracy and essential life skills.
Literacy is the common thread that runs through the six goals. Indeed, the acquisition of stable and sustainable literacy skills by all will ensure that people can actively participate in a range of learning opportunities throughout life. Literacy for all is the foundation for lifelong learning for all and a tool for empowering individuals and their communities.
The plan of action builds on the draft proposal and plan for a United Nations literacy decade (A/56/114 and Add. 1-E/2001/93 and Add. 1) and articulates essential requirements and the focus of actions for the successful implementation of the Literacy Decade as a thrust of Education for all efforts. It aims to stimulate action taken by national Government, local communities, individuals, non-governrnent organizations (NG0s), universities, public and private organizations and civil society in their broad coalition. It also aims to mobilize international agencies and national Governments or forging global commitments.
Implementation at National Level
1 . Policy and Planning: Plan for the Literacy Decade through incorporating a Literacy for All component in Education for All plans, with a realistic time frame for the entire 10 years period of the Literacy Decade.
2. Advocacy: Draw up plans for advocacy actions at all levels in cooperation with all stakeholders, such as government functionaries, NG0s, civil society, institutions funding agencies, local communities, local governments and potential learners.3. Capacity-building: Develop training programmers for all categories of stakeholders in the areas of planning, research, training curriculum development, material developments, monitoring and evaluation.4. Partnership: Build effective partnerships with other ministries, NG0s, civil society, institutions, universities, the private sector, funding agencies, international agencies, United Nations agencies and the media.5. Research. Carry out baseline study for priority identification; support action research for developing alternative models and process research to review programmer implementation.
The Director General, UNESCO officially visited Pakistan on May 21-22, 2003 to launch the international Literacy Decade in Pakistan. Ministry of Education in collaboration with UNESCO is organizing various programmes with a view to mobilize all possible support through national institutions, multi-lateral and bilateral partners, civil society and the private sector for the noble cause of promotion of Literacy Besides other programmes being implemented. Date of Issue (September 06, 2003)