Supporting documentation

Building the Future through Quality Education – EI Policy Paper on Education

"Quality education nurtures human talent and creativity, thereby contributing to the personal and professional development of the individual person, as well as to social, cultural,…

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Support from Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO in an address to the Education World Forum, Global Summit for Education Ministers on "Learning from the Best for a World of Change"

"A quality education is an essential human right -- it is also a motor for economic success. Education brings sustainability to development. Investing in education…

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Support from "A place to learn: Lessons from research on learning environments," UNESCO Institute for Statistics, 2012

Definition of terminology; factors which affect the quality of education: Learning environment – the complete physical, social and pedagogical context in which learning is intended…

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Support from the OECD

"Education plays a key role in providing individuals with the knowledge, skills and competences needed to participate effectively in society and in the economy. In…

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Support from the UN Heads of Government Conference, May 2010

"KEEPING THE PROMISE – UNITED TO ACHIEVE THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS" Actions on MDG2: Achieve Universal Primary Education43. To protect the considerable gains in primary…

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Why do we need quality public education?

 

Education is a foundation on which we build our societies. Public education develops informed and responsible citizens – this is crucial to a common future based on the principles of democracy and solidarity in a global community.

Education is a human right and underpins equality.

 

Quality education

Quality education nurtures human talent and creativity. It contributes to the personal and professional development of the individual, as well as to the social, cultural, economic, political and environmental development of society at large. It promotes peace, democracy, creativity, solidarity, inclusion, a commitment to a sustainable environment, and international and intercultural understanding. It provides people with the critical knowledge, abilities and skills that are needed to explore and solve problems that occur both locally and globally.

 

Education is a public good: it can fulfil its mission only if it is owned by societies as a whole and access to it is guaranteed by public authorities irrespective of their gender, faith, ethnic, cultural or economic background or physical or intellectual capacities.

 

Economic benefits

Education is necessary for employability and economic development. A sustained focus on education leads to an increase in a country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Economies depend on the public school systems to produce an educated workforce — an especially important role in the knowledge society and economy of the 21st Century. High-quality school systems also help attract qualified employees.

 

Social outcomes

However, education is much more than learning how to write and calculate or acquire computer literacy. There are significant social outcomes that cannot be overlooked – the longer that young people stay in education, the better health, political interest and interpersonal trust they develop.

 

Last modified on Monday, 01 October 2012