UNESCO's main aim in the field of educational policies and strategies is to support national education authorities in the development and/or reinforcement of sector-wide education plans for achievement of the Education for all Goals (EFA).


According to the Dakar Framework for Action, all States should "develop or strengthen existing national plans of action by 2002 at the latest" building on existing national education sector development strategies.

These plans should be integrated into a wider poverty reduction and development framework and should be developed through transparent and democratic processes, involving stakeholders, especially peoples' representatives, community leaders, parents, learners, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and civil society.

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