THE XLVth SESSION OF THE COUNCIL OF THE INTERNATIONAL BUREAU OF EDUCATION
The IBE Council met from 27 to 29 January 1999. It approved the draft general programme and budget of the IBE for 2000 and 2001. The Council unanimously supported the new orientation of the IBE as an international centre for the content of education based on its framework programme ‘The adaptation of content to the challenges of the twenty-first century’. It underlined the importance of this mission on the eve of a new century and pointed out the unique role that the IBE is called upon to play. The Council welcomed the activities already launched by the IBE in this direction, in particular a series of regional workshops for decision-makers and specialists on curriculum development. The first such workshop, for the Mediterranean region, took place in Geneva last September (see Innovation n° 97, December 1998) and produced positive results. The next one, for the countries of South and Southeast Asia, will be held in New Delhi in March 1999, generously hosted by the Government of India. Similar courses for other regions and subregions are envisaged.
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One of the main tasks of the IBE in 1999 and beyond is to assist Member States of UNESCO in carrying out the reform of educational content. In this respect, the particular needs of developing countries in mastering methods of implementing such reforms should be borne in mind. Special efforts should also be made to boost the reform of education in rural areas. It was recommended to better use the experience of non-governmental organizations and other potential partners in such subject areas as human rights, civics, foreign languages and environmental education, as well as to benefit from the intellectual and structural resources of Member States.
The Council also examined proposals concerning the forty-sixth session of the International Conference on Education (ICE), to be organized in 2001. The delegates reached a consensus on three key ideas that should be reflected in the theme of the conference: ‘learning’, ‘learning to live together’, and ‘content’.
The Council decided to launch a new series of national reports on the development of education taking into account the replies of Member States of UNESCO to the IBE questionnaire on this subject and the relevant opinions expressed by Members of the Council during the debate.
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