Education Knowledge

February 2003

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Education pour tous

 


Launching a new flagship on education for rural people

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Background

The Sustainable Development Department of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) are inviting member countries, United Nations agencies and civil society to join in the establishment of a new partnership on Education for Rural People.

The initiative seeks to address rural-urban disparities, which are a serious concern to governments and the international community as a whole. About 70 per cent of the poor live in rural areas. Despite the fact that education is a basic right in itself and an essential prerequisite for reducing poverty, improving the living conditions of rural people and building a food-secure world, children's access to education in rural areas is still much lower than in urban areas, adult illiteracy is much higher and the quality of education is poorer.

In this regard, FAO and UNESCO are joining efforts in the establishment of a new flagship within the Education for All (EFA) initiative with a focus on Education for rural people. The flagship is a call for collaborative action to increase the coordination of efforts targeting the educational needs of rural people. The partnership is open to members committed to working separately and together to promote and facilitate quality basic Education for rural people.

Objectives

The flagship's objectives are to:

For more information, the concept paper Targeting the rural poor: the role of education and training (March 2002, http://www.fao.org/sd/2002/kn0301a_en.htm) can be consulted.

Activities

At the national level


At the international level

Meetings

The new FAO/UNESCO flagship was officially launched at a side event during the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa, 3 September 2002.

The following are some examples of other international events presenting the flagship:

Members of the flagship programme

    International Organizations and Governments

  1. FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
    ester.zulberti@fao.org, lavinia.gasperini@fao.org
  2. UNESCO - United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization
    mj.pigozzi@unesco.org
  3. ICRAF - World Agroforestry Centre
    g.denning@cgiar.org
  4. IPGRI, International Plant Genetic Resources Institute
    e.goldberg@cgiar.org
  5. WFP - World Food Programme
    Allan.Jury@wfp.org
  6. CIAT - International Center for Tropical Agriculture
    E.HESSE@CGIAR.ORG, ciat@cgiar.org
  7. Commonwealth Secretariat, United Kingdom 
    v.goel@commonwealth.int
  8. USAID, United States Agency for International Development, USA
    (contact: Mr. J. D. Hatch) Email:JHatch@usaid.gov
  9. ADEA, Association for the Development of Education in Africa, France
    (contact: Mr. Mamandou Ndoye) Email: adea@iiep.unesco.org
  10. DGCS - Italian Directorate General for Cooperation
    (contact: Mr Raffaele de Benedictis) Email: raffaele.debenedictis@esteri.it
  11. ETF – European Training Foundation, Italy
    (contact: Claire Morel for central Asia and Barbara Paya for Eastern Europe) Claire.Morel@etf.eu.int
  12. The Government of Egypt
    Email: May.hani@fao.org
  13. The Government of San Marino
    ambasciatasanmarino@tin.it


  14. Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), foundations and others

  15. Terre des hommes, Italia
    d.vergari@tdhitaly.org   
  16. CELIM - Centro Laici Italiani per le missioni,Italy
    info@celimbergamo
  17. ACRA - Associazione di Cooperazione Rurale in Africa e America Latina, Italy
    acra@acra.it
  18. UCSEI - Ufficio centrale Studenti Esteri in Italia, Italy
    ucsei.roma@flashnet.it
  19. CISP - Comitato Internazionale per lo sviluppo dei popoli, Italy
    cisp.pro@cisp-ngo.org
  20. OPAM - Opera di Promozione dell Alfabetizzazione nel Mondo, Italy
    opam@opamprog@tiscalinet.it
  21. ISCOS - Istituto Sindacale per la Cooperazione con i Paesi in via di sviluppo, Italy
    simonecirulli@iscos-cisl.org
  22. AIFO - Associazione Italiana Amici di Raoul Follereau, Italy
    simonecirulli@iscos-cisl.org
  23. FOCSIV - Federazione Organismi Cristiani Servizio Internazionale Volontario, Italy
    focsiv@focsiv.it
  24. CTM - Controinformazione Terzo Mondo, Italy
    info@ctm-lecce.it
    progetti_italia@ctm-lecce.it
  25. C.V.C.S - Centro Volontari Cooperazione allo Sviluppo, Italy
    cvcsgo@tin.it
  26. CIDE - Centro de Investigación y Desarrollo de la Ecucación, Chile
    s.martini@cide.cl
  27. EDC - Education Development Center Inc, USA
    jwong@edc.org
  28. Universidad Nacional de Salta, Argentina
    ferretti@ciunsa.edu.ar
  29. Social Development Forum 2000, Pakistan
    sdforum2000@yahoo.co.uk
  30. FOCA - Fundação Oásis Cidade Aberta, Brazil
    president@foca.org.br
  31. Association SAHEL DEFIS, Bamako, Mali
    saheldefis@yahoo.fr (contact Seydou Sanou)
  32. APEAN - Asia and Pacific Association of Educators in Agriculture Education and Environment, Thailand
    apean@lb.msc.net.ph
  33. ONGDERPREA, Cameroun
    ongderprea@yahoo.fr
  34. BUNYAD, Lahore, Pakistan
    bunyad@brain.net.pk
  35. APPEAL - Pacific Programme for Education for All
    a.hakeem@unescobkk.org
  36. RSPN - Rural Support Programmes Network, Pakistan
    faisal@rspn.org.pk
  37. PASSAGE, The Philippine Association of Agriculture Educators, Philippines
    passage80@yahoo.com
  38. Anamorphose, France
    anamorph@imaginet.fr
  39. ZOE - Center for Rural Heritage Preservation from Zagreb, Croatia
    ivana.laginja@zg.tel.hr
  40. Iowa State University, USA
    dacker@iastate.edu
  41. LABE, Literacy and Adult Basic Education, Uganda
    LABE@africaonline.co.ug
  42. FEC - Fundação Evangelização e Culturas (contact person Catarina Lopes)
    lopes_catarina@yahoo.com.br
  43. ESE - Escola Superior de Educação, Portugal (contact Júlio Gonçalves dos Santos)
    jgsantos@ese.ipvc.pt
  44. PRWSWO - Secretary General. Pakistan Rural Workers Social Welfare Organization (contact SABIR FARHAT)
    farhat2@mul.paknet.com.pk
  45. Learning Channel, India (contact: Geeta Sharma)
    Geeta.Sharma@oneworld.net
  46. Aasthan Latif Welfare Society, Pakistan (contact: Riaz A.Memon)
    alast@mail.com
  47. Fantsuam Foundation, Nigeria (contact: Mr R. Tariya Yusuf)
    fantsuamfoundation@fantsuam.com
  48. CCID - Community Colleges for International Development, Inc, USA (contact: Mr. John Halder)
    jhalder@kirkwood.cc.ia.us
  49. INRULED - International Research and Training Centre for Rural Education, China (contact: Dr. Zhai Haihun and Mr. Fuzeng Yu)
    Yufuzeng@china.com; haihunzhai@yahoo.com
  50. Caldas Coffee Growers Association (contact: Pablo Jaramillo), Colombia
    Email: Pablo.Jaramillo@cafedecolombia.com
  51. FNCC, Federación Nacional de Cafeteros de Colombia (contact: Alfonso A. Uribe).
  52. ARED, Associates in Research & Education for Development, Senegal (contact: De Sonja Fagerberg-Diallo)
    Email:Ared@enda.sn
  53. ENESAD, France (contact: Mr. Alain Jaze) Email:a.jaze@enesad.fr
  54. Nelson Mandela Foundation (contact: Ms Merlyn Van Voore) Email: Merlyn@nelsonmandela.org
  55. SMART - Association for Civil Society Development, (contact: Sladana Novota) Email:sladana@smart.hr
  56. Fundación Manuel Mejia, Colombia (contact: R. Gómez) Email: richygomez@hotmail.com
  57. Global Connection, UK (contact C. Alkanaan) Email: cathryn@globalconnections.org.uk CAlkanaan@aol.com
  58. Global Connection, Zanzibar (contact C. Alkanaan) Email: cathryn@globalconnections.org.uk CAlkanaan@aol.com

 



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Food and Agriculture Organization
of the United Nations
FAO
United Nations Educational
Scientific and Cultural Organization
UNESCO
Lavinia Gasperini
The Extension, Education and Communication Service
Research, Extension and Training Division
Sustainable Development Department
FAO, Via delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy
E-mail: lavinia.gasperini@fao.org
Tel. +39 06 57056253
Fax: +39 06 5705 3801

Shigeru Aoyagi
Section for Literacy and
Non-Formal Education
Division of Basic Education
Education Sector
7, Place de Fontenoy, 75352, Paris, France
E-mail:s.aoyagi@unesco.org
Tel: +33 1 45 68 21 29
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