Basic education


The whole range of educational activities, taking place in various settings (formal, non-formal and informal), that aim to meet basic learning needs. It has considerable overlap with the earlier concept 'fundamental education'. According to ISCED, basic education comprises primary education (first stage of basic education) and lower secondary education (second stage).

UNESCO. Education for all: literacy for life; EFA global monitoring report, 2006. Paris: UNESCO, 2006.

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Virtually all countries in theworld have ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child and have thereby accepted an obligation to ensure the right of every child to a basic education (Dakar Framework for Action, 2000: 13).

The Dakar Framework for Action: Education for All: meeting our collective commitments (including six regional frameworks for action), 2000.

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