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Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum
5th Annual Meeting January 7-10, 1997
Vancouver, Canada

Resolution submitted by the Canadian delegation
Education and literacy

The Fifth Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum,

Recognizing that standards of education in Asia Pacific differ throughout the region;

Recognizing that literacy rate in the region is still too low, even in some of the most developed countries;

Cognizant of the fact that education is an investment in the future and forms an important component of any strategy for reducing poverty;

Mindful that those countries in the Asia-Pacific which have invested the most in education and training are those which have experienced the highest rates of economic growth;

Noting that, although the proportion of children enrolled in school is increasing, the absolute number of children in the world without education is expected to increase in 20 years; and

Recognizing strongly that children are "our" future and are our most important investment;


Adopted unanimously on January 9, 1997, in Vancouver.