29.01.2014 - UNESCO Office in Kabul

Launch of the 2013/14 Education for All Global Monitoring Report – ‘Teaching and learning: Achieving quality for all’

“Afghanistan’s Minister of Education says education only sustainable way to development and peace"

29th January, Islamabad: The 11th Education for All Global Monitoring Report, launched in Islamabad today, was co-hosted by Federal Minister of State for Education Training and Standards in Higher Education, Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Ballgh -ur- Rehman together with Afghanistan’s Minister of Education, H.E. Mr. Farooq Wardak. The Report reveals that a global learning crisis is costing governments $129 billion a year. Ten per cent of global spending on primary education is being lost on poor quality education that is failing to ensure that children learn. The Report concludes that good teachers are the key to improvement and calls on governments to provide the best in the profession to those who need them most.

“Training teachers is key to providing quality education” This year’s Report, ‘Teaching and learning: Achieving quality for all’, warns that without attracting and adequately training enough teachers the learning crisis will last for several generations and hit the disadvantaged hardest. Education is pivotal for development in a rapidly changing world and investing wisely in teachers and reforms aimed at strengthening equitable learning can transform the long-term prospects of people and societies. Afghanistan’s Minister of Education, H.E. Mr. Wardak, highlighted the huge steps forward taken by the Afghan education sector since 2002, enrolling 10.5 million children today compared to less than one million then. Today in Afghanistan, girls' participation in education is 42% and this is a marked increase since 2002 when the number of girls in education was extremely low. Also in attendance were UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau Director, Mr. Gwang Jo Kim, Director and Representative UNESCO Office Afghanistan, Mr. Paolo Fontani. Teachers from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan also attended to endorse the need for more investment in teachers. Federal Minister of State for Education Training and Standards in Higher Education, Pakistan, H.E. Mr. Ballgh -ur- Rehman together with Afghanistan’s Minister of Education, H.E. Mr. Wardak stressed the importance of regional cooperation to address the huge challenges to achieving access to and quality education for all. Mr. Wardak concluded by saying that “education is the only sustainable way to development and peace” and urged all countries “to invest more in education and less in armaments.” 




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