Universal Primary Education in Commonwealth Africa

Universal Primary Education in Commonwealth Africa

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Commonwealth Secretariat
15 Feb 1981
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  • Introduction

    The achievement of Universal Primary Education in developing countries has been set as an educational goal by a number of high level international meetings since the 1960s. Some individual member states have declared as long ago as the nineteenth century their determination to provide primary education for every child. Yet for a great many of them this goal has remained stubbornly unattainable.

  • Recommendations

    It is recommended that the Commonwealth Secretariat should collaborate with other international agencies to maintain and increase their commitment to providing resources.

  • Progress Towards UPE in Africa

    Before dealing with these questions, however, the point was made that most countries are planning UPE as an expansion of the formal system with its classrooms, teachers, equipment, curriculum, examinations and certificates when, perhaps, countries should really be looking for alternatives to the formal system.

  • Implementing Universal Primary Education In Africa

    The lead paper for this topic was introduced by its author, Mr J. Lijembe. At the conclusion, open discussion commenced on the matters raised by the paper and the following points were made.

  • Universal Primary Education and the Future

    The topic was dealt with as a symposium with contributions from Mr Smith and Mr Lijembe, consultants to the seminar, and Mr Akpofure, Director of the seminar. Mr Smith drew attention to statistical trends in Africa that were of relevance to UPE and drew from these trends conclusions, some of which he confessed might be contentious. He went on to predict what the position of UPE might be by 1985.

  • Commonwealth Regional Co-Operation

    Following the presentation of papers on this theme by the Director of the Education Division of the Commonwealth Secretariat and the observers invited to the workshop, general discussion on issues raised in the papers was invited.

  • Summary of Country Papers

    In Botswana, primary education is recognised as the most important of all the stages of education. This is true in several senses. For example, the largest proportion of school-going population is in primary school; the ratio between primary and secondary being 10:1.

  • Progress Towards UPE In Africa: What The Survey Reveals

    There is a danger in generalizing from the “more developed” countries to those characterized as “less developed”. Certainly there are many instances of models from Western Europe inappropriately applied to the developing world. However, a glance at some “now-rich” countries and the path they pursued towards mass education, is extremely interesting.

  • Implementing Universal Primary Education

    The United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights of December, 1948 states in article 26 that “Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free at least in the elementary and fundamental stages…”

  • Commonwealth Co-Operation and Universal Primary Education

    Forty-two countries, representing one quarter of the world's population form the modern Commonwealth of Nations. They do so in voluntary association, retaining their sovereignty, yet working for the common good of all membergovernments .

  • UPE in the Asia And Pacific Regions

    I deem it a great privilege to say a few words before this learned gathering regarding the efforts undertaken in our region towards UPE. I am really thankful to the organisers for selecting such a beautiful place like Lesotho as venue of the seminar. This is my first visit to this part of the world and I especially consider myself fortunate in getting a chance of coming to the mountain kingdom.

  • WCOTP and UPE in Africa

    One of the requisites for the successful implementation of universal primary education policies is the co-operation of a well-prepared and well-motivated teaching force. It goes without saying that the expansion of the primary school system, which the universalisation of primary education is all about, will make very heavy demands on the commitment and participation of teachers, far in excess of what they have been accustomed to.

  • UNESCO and UPE in Africa

    Nineteen years ago, at the dawn of political independence of most African countries, delegates of 39 African States and five European States (Belgium, France, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom), met in Addis Ababa to discuss education in Africa. This Conference was a turning point in the development of education in Africa. It was the first time in Africa that Education of Africans was discussed essentially by Africans at a continental level.

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