Quality in educational policy: Research and foresight

© UNESCO/Paul Highnam
Class 6 at Colveston primary school, Hackney, east London

The Education seminars aim to share knowledge about current education issues, inform our work and encourage discussion.
This round table invites to debate and think about the contribution of research to the relation Quality-Educational policies. It also aims to make known the political commitments with a forward looking vision, in view to ensure a Quality Education for All in different regions and countries.
Education is a universal right requiring political measures in order to provide a quality education to all citizens. Education should ensure quality and equity, in accordance with the principles of equal rights, non-discrimination and the universal right to education, so that all citizens can live together in plural and diverse societies. This implies educational policies that promote changes in educational systems, aiming for quality for all. The challenges concerning access, quality and equity in education are not new, but remain unresolved issues for most countries.

Rapid changes in society call educational systems into question: how relevant and efficient is education to prepare new generations to face present and future challenges? How should tomorrow’s citizens be educated ? How can educational policies take into account the many meanings and multidimensional concept of quality education?

Speakers’ biographies:

Ahlin Byll-Cataria, Executive Secretary, ADEA
Mr Byll-Cataria is part of the Executive Board of UIL, UNESCO, representing Togo. Before joining ADEA, Mr Byll-Cataria was Senior Consultant to the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC).

Abdeljalil Akkari, University of Geneva
Mr Akkari is Associate Professor of International Education at the University of Geneva. He was previously a Director of Research at the Higher Pedagogical Institute HEP-BEJUNE in Bienne (Switzerland). He is now chairman of the Commission of International Cooperation of the Société Suisse de Recherche en Éducation (SSRE). His research deals with several fields related to teacher education, intercultural education, education sociology and comparative education. Among his major publications are studies on education planning, international and comparative education, intercultural and international dimensions of education, internationalization of educational policies.

Alejandro Tiana Ferrer, Director-General of the Centre for Advanced Studies of OEI
Mr Tiana is Professor of Theory and History of Education at the National Distance University (UNED) in Spain. He is PhD of the University Complutense in Madrid. From 2004 to 2008, he was General Secretary for Education at the Spanish Ministry of Education and Sciences. He chaired the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) from 1999 to 2004.
Mr Tiana wrote 19 books and 150 articles on various themes concerning history of education, comparative education and the evaluation of educational systems.

Interpretation in French and English will be available.


Type of Event Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Start 28.06.2011 09:00 local time
End 28.06.2011 12:30 local time
Date to be fixed 0
Responsible ED
Focal point Macedo, Beatriz
Country France
City Paris
Venue UNESCO Headquarters
Street 1, rue Miollis
Room Room XVI
Contact Beatriz Macedo (ERF) b.macedo@unesco.org, Ulrika Peppler Barry (KMS) u.peppler@unesco.org, Judith Bellemin-Noël (KMS) j.bellemin-noel@unesco.org
Permanent Delegation Contact
Major Programme
Language of Event English, French
Estimated number of participants 50
Official Website
Link 1 Education for All (EFA)
Link 2 Quality Assurance
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