It isn't access. It's quality. Kathmandu Conference looks at quality in the classroom
One of the great successes of the Education for All in Nepal has been the opening of access to formal primary education. But a significant majority of the students are not effectively learning. Why this is so and what needs to be done to improve the quality of learning is on the agenda of the international conference “Quality in the Classroom” that opens today in Kathmandu.
The four day conference brings together a broad range of educators such as classroom practitioners, education leaders, international education experts, policymakers, development partners and grass-root level implementers, including parents and student to identify ways in which quality can be brought into the teaching and learning process. The event will be attended by about 500 participants throughout the country including regional and international guests. The conference is expected to issue a Kathmandu Ghosana Patra (declaration) on Quality Education.
The event is organized by the Department of Education and the Rato Bangala Foundation in partnership with UNICEF, UNESCO, the Asian Development Bank, the Open Society Foundations and the Royal Norwegian Embassy.
Substantial funds for the event are coming from the prize money of the UNESCO-Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers, The prize was awarded to the Rato Bangala Foundation in recognition for the quality of its training programmes to primary and some secondary school teachers in 2012.
Staff from UNESCO Headquarter and the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu will participate facilitating a workshop on UNESCO’s “General Education System Quality Analysis Framework” (GESQAF), moderating several sessions during the conference and making presentations including on gender responsive budgeting in education sector in Nepal.
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