The first International Education Congress of the Third World opened in Acapulco, Mexico, on Tuesday, 5 August.
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Background: The first International Education Congress of the Third World opened in Acapulco, Mexico, on Tuesday, 5 August.
Eighty seven countries and one hundred and fifteen education organisations from Asia, Latin America and Africa took part in the conference.
Observers came from Australia, the United State and Europe.
The conference is significant, not just because the undeveloped Third World Nations are meeting, but because the Charter of Rights and Economic Duties of States, proposed by Mexican President Luis Echeverria Alvarez, and approved by 120 nations at the UN, is starting to take effect.
It shows that the Third World is taking its first steps towards economic independence and progress.
Mexico was chosen as the host country because it has an intensive education programme, spending eight times more on education than defence.
The conference was opened by Hugo Cervantes del Rio, representing the President, who is an a 15-country world tour.
President of the organising committee, Jonguitud Barrios gave the inauguration speech.
On the second day of the conference, UNESCO director, General Adadow M'Bow said governments should spend more on trying to wipe out illiteracy.
He told the congress that countries spend more than 300 million dollars a year on arms purchases and thousand of million on advertising. Educational programmes were short of funds.
He said half the population over the age of 15 in developing countries was illiterate, and the number had increased since 1960.