23.11.2012 - UNESCO Office in New Delhi

Global Education Digest 2012 jointly released by MHRD and UNESCO

Today the Global Education Digest 2012: Opportunities lost: The impact of grade repetition and early school leaving was jointly released by Mr. Shigeru Aoyagi, Director, UNESCO New Delhi, Mr. Ashok Thakur, Secretary (Higher Education), Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and Mr. Rajarshi Bhattacharya, Secretary (School Education & Literacy), MHRD. The release function took place at Shastri Bhawan.

Whilst pointing out that the aim of the Right to Education (RTE) remained unattained till the issues raised in the GED existed, Mr. Aoyagi said that India can show the way to other countries in the South Asian region in terms of improvement in access to and quality of education. While offering all possible help to the Indian Government in this regard, he said that India has already achieved great success in improving its education system. He urged the India Government to share its success stories with its neighboring countries to help them to improve their education systems.

Relating growth in higher education directly with growth in economy, Mr. Thakur said that with adequate economic growth and increased job opportunities, the education would attain more learners, who would be motivated to stay in schools and continue to go on to complete their education. He congratulated UNESCO for bringing out a quality publication and also offered to work closely to achieve a fruitful interpretation of the data collected in GED 2012. He also said that working out a better mechanism to data interpretation would be helpful in including India’s data into future UNESCO publications.

In his address, Mr. Bhattacharya referred to the title of the report and said that opportunities lost during school time translate into opportunities lost in future life. Therefore, he felt that, it is important to take lessons from this publication and accordingly plan the future to fully benefit from the opportunities.

Mr. Shailendra Sigdel, Statistical Advisor, UNESCO New Delhi, made a presentation, highlighting the key findings of GED 2012 both school and tertiary education. He also took questions from the audience, clarifying issues regarding the topic of the day. Alisher Umarov, Chief of Education, UNESCO New Delhi, provided a brief on the Global EFA coordination mechanism and the Education First initiatives, and highlighted the importance of GED 2012 and international statistics for better implementation of RTE in India.

Dr Vijay P. Goel, Deputy Director General, MHRD, welcomed the participants at the beginning of the programme while Mr. Sanjay, Director, Bureau of Planning, Monitoring & Statistics, delivered the Vote of Thanks.

Global Education Digest (GED) is an annual publication of UNESCO, which contains pointers relevant to critical aspects of the education sector and help countries to plan for a better future of their children. This year, the publication contains key issues as well as indicators related to a child’s journey through school, marked by pointers such as grade repetition, early school leaving and levels of learning achievement at Primary and Lower Secondary education levels.

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