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The decade of the 1990s symbolized a collective effort in attaining ‘Universal Literacy’ all over the world. The Government of Bangladesh responded positively to the declaration of the Jomtien World Conference on Education for All (EFA) by making primary education compulsory. At the same time, the NGOs involved in literacy sector also came forward to supplement and complement the state effort with a commitment to eradicate illiteracy from the country by the year 2005. It’s current work is focused on Policy advocacy, research and capacity building of it’s members and partners to contribute in achieving Education For All (EFA) by the year 2015 and beyond along with ensuring the Right to Education.

The genesis of CAMPE is rooted in an idea to take up a popular education movement in Bangladesh. Around the time of the World Conference on Education for All in March 1990 this idea was mooted by a small group of literacy activists, and a year later CAMPE was born as an organization with a coalition of 15 major NGOs working in the area of basic education. Over the years it has emerged as a strong network of more than 1,300 NGOs working in the basic education sector in Bangladesh.

Since its inception, CAMPE has been working in close interaction with the Government as well as the popular forces towards achieving effective participation of the people in literacy and non-formal education movement. It symbolizes multi-faceted networking among the government, the partner NGOs and the international agencies. Duly registered under the Bangladesh Societies Registration Act XXI of 1860, CAMPE acquired a legitimate status of an NGO forum to network in the area of literacy and non-formal education in August 1991.

CAMPE is affiliated with the Federation of NGOs in Bangladesh (FNB), Asian-South Pacific Bureau of Adult Education (ASPBAE) and International Council of Adult Education (ICAE). It is an elected member of the Board of Global Campaign for Education (GCE), a worldwide network of NGOs and teachers unions operating in more then hundred countries. It is recognized by UNESCO as a nodal institution for basic education in Bangladesh.

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