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“Education for All Week” – Every Child Needs a Teacher

Global Education for All Week is celebrated each year from 24 to 30 April, reminding us of the promise made by 180 nations in the United Nations Millennium Development goals (2000) to provide quality schooling for all children around the world by 2015.

The World Declaration on Education for All envisioned that "Every person - child, youth and adult - shall be able to benefit from educational opportunities designed to meet their basic learning needs”. Both UNICEF and the OSCE Mission to Bosnia believe that education is a fundamental human right and that every child needs a teacher. In practice, this means ensuring 100 per cents initial enrolment and actively preventing drop-outs, as the Convention on the Rights of the Child Report for BiH states. It is estimated that each year four percent children in BiH do not enroll in the primary school while one third of children do not attend the secondary education.

The education authorities in BiH have initiated a process of reform. The primary goal of this reform can be summarized in two words – “quality” and “modernization”. Despite the progress made, however, the creation of an inclusive, non-discriminatory education system remains a challenge. 

Given the significant number of children in Bosnia and Herzegovina not attending school, the Action Plan dealing with school enrolment and completion issues was developed by the na-tional authorities and representatives of non-governmental organizations in 2003. The Action Plan stipulates that all children should be able to complete primary education, and it recom-mends establishing the Education for All Forum to oversee implementation of the Action Plan.

The Action Plan’s goals include promotion of systemic change to allow all children to complete primary school. UNICEF and OSCE in BiH urge all education authorities to sign and implement this Plan, which would result in more children entering and remaining in school.

 

 
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