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Life skills

Education for all


The 1990s was the decade of Education for All (EFA). The World Declaration on Education for All (Jomtien 1990) envisioned that "Every person - child, youth and adult - shall be able to benefit from educational opportunities designed to meet their basic learning needs." The global community reunited in Dakar, April 2000, to assess progress of the EFA decade and to renew its commitment to Education for All by 2015. Strategies for meeting this goal are outlined in the Dakar Framework for Action, Education for All: Meeting our Collective Commitments, and include the creation of safe, healthy, inclusive and equitably resourced educational environments conducive to excellence in learning.

Two of the EFA goals relate directly to life skills-based education:

Goal #3: Ensure that the learning needs of all young people and adults are met through equitable access to appropriate learning and life skills programmes;

Goal #6: Improve every aspect of the quality of education, and ensure their excellence so that recognized and measurable learning outcomes are achieved by all, especially in literacy, numeracy and essential life skills.

EFA 2000 Assessment: Thematic Study on School Health and Nutrition includes a summary and examples of effective strategies, including skills-based health education.



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