Uniting for quality education
UNESCO and the Global Education First Initiative will join Education International for the Unite for Quality Education Conference in Montreal, Canada from 28-29 May 2014. The conference aims to mobilize education partners around a shared vision of quality education, with a focus on quality teachers, tools and resources, as well as safe and supportive teaching and learning environments.
The conference is part of Education International’s Global Action Year whose theme is “United for Quality Education – Better Education for a Better World”. The Global Action Year is bringing together member organizations and organizations with similar aims in an effort to highlight the importance of high quality education to the future of individuals and society. Education International and UNESCO jointly launched the Global Action Year simultaneously in Paris and New York on 4 October 2013.
Improving the quality of education and learning outcomes is a key concern for UNESCO, and is likely to be central to the post-2015 education agenda. Poor quality education is contributing to low learning levels: UNESCO estimates that there are 250 million children who are unable to read, write or do basic mathematics, 130 million of whom are in school.
Key aspects to creating inclusive, quality education systems include: recruiting and retaining qualified teachers, providing relevant curricula, establishing safe, gender-responsive learning environments and helping learners reach minimum national levels of competencies.
As UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, stated in a video message sent for the opening of the conference “We need a new push for quality education – through enhanced access, through innovative resources for teacher training, through safe and supportive environments”.
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