Fundamentals of UNESCO’s operating strategies of education (until 2015) were laid at the World Education Forum in Dakar (Senegal) in April 2000 that adopted the document “Dakar Framework for Action, Education for All: Meeting our Collective Commitments”, in which the states reaffirmed their determination to implement the Education for All strategy by 2015 and expressed their commitment to achieving the following objectives:
- Expanding and improving complex measures for young children care and education, especially for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged children.
- By 2015, ensuring of free and compulsory high-quality primary education for children from disadvantaged backgrounds and ethnic minorities.
- Providing for the educational needs of youth and adults on basis of equitable access to appropriate training programs and life skills.
- By 2015, the enhancement to 50% of adult literacy, especially for women, and granting all adults equal access to basic and continuing education.
- By 2015, the elimination of gender disparities in primary and secondary education and by 2015, the achievement of gender parity in education with a focus on ensuring girls full and equal access to high-quality basic education.
- Improving the education in all its aspects and ensuring good results for all so that everyone can achieve recognized and measurable learning outcomes especially in literacy and essential life skills.
In addition, in the coming biennium, UNESCO's activities in the field of education will be guided by:
- The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
- The United Nations World Summit Outcome (2005).
- The Plan of Action for the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003—2012).
- The International Plan of activities within the Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005—2014).
- UNAIDS Strategic Framework for 2007-2010. to support countries' efforts to achieve universal access to education.
- Declaration and Program of Action for a Culture of Peace "The Decade for a Culture of Peace and Nonviolence for the Children of the World" (2001—2010).
- The World Programme for Human Rights Education (2005-ongoing).
- Conclusions and recommendations of the 48th session of the International Conference on Education (Geneva, November 2008).
Significance for Russia:
• UNESCO contributes to improving the quality of national education. Efforts are aimed at ensuring correspondence between education and real needs of individuals and the society as a whole.