ERIC Number: ED344294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Education for All: High Expectations or False Hopes?
Although the World Conference on Education for All, held in March 1990 in Jomtien, Thailand, fostered international consensus on educational goals and raised expectations, obstacles to successful achievement of education for all (EFA) must be identified. This paper describes the five most important obstacles--political factors, economic/financial factors, lack of demand for education, weak managerial capabilities, and inertia in the current educational system. A conclusion is that the Jomtien conference underlined the social responsibility and international commitment necessary for EFA. Recommendations are made to consider political and economic factors in context and to avoid overemphasis on increasing the supply of educational services. Other suggestions include recognizing the time factor and defining the roles of national governments and international agencies. The appendix describes educational initiatives taken one year after the conference and provides information on the International Institution for Educational Planning (IIEP) members and publications. (3 references) (LMI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France). International Inst. for Educational Planning.
Identifiers: World Conference on Education for All
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on "Primary Education Pre-Jomtien" (London, England, United Kingdom, May 7, 1991).