ERIC Number: ED404214
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
Report of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century, Second Session (Dakar, Senegal, September 18-21, 1993). Final Report.
International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century (UNESCO), Paris (France).
The second session of the International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century, held in Dakar, Senegal, was preceded by a 2-day working group on education in Africa, at which some 15 African educators, decision-makers, and intellectuals debated problems, approaches, and options in education. Several African educators at the highest levels participated in hearings before the Commission to further the dialogue on the relationship between educational aims and educational realities, particularly in the difficult economic and political context facing Africa. The text of this report incorporates the debates and conclusions of the working group, as well as the content of the hearings. Although the theme of the plenary was "education and development," an emphasis was placed throughout the discussions on the situation in sub-Saharan Africa. This emphasis was due both to the location of the meeting, and to the acuteness of the problems there. The Commission emphasized diagnosis, and questions, rather than the formulation of specific recommendations at this early stage. The first part of the report on education and development discusses educational provision, including mobilizing for the expansion of literacy, language of teaching, technical and vocational education, the role of universities in the economy, research, and diversification; and focusing on African problems such as education for women, political stability, overcoming handicaps, tensions between quality and quantity, and the teacher shortage. The second part of the report summarizes four specific topics developed by the Commission: (1) education and communications technologies; (2) education and work; (3) financing of education; and (4) education and international cooperation. (DK)
Descriptors: Decision Making, Developing Nations, Economic Development, Educational Planning, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, International Cooperation, International Education, International Educational Exchange, Science and Society
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Authoring Institution: International Commission on Education for the Twenty-First Century (UNESCO), Paris (France).
Identifiers - Location: Africa