Transforming Education in 2014

By Morwenna Evans Thursday, January 30, 2014

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This week saw the launch of UNESCO’s Teaching and learning: quality for all report. The aim for the report is to emphasise the need for developments in education in a rapidly changing world. The report reinforces the need to invest wisely in teachers, strengthening learning and transforming the long-term prospects for today’s children.

Globally there are still fifty-seven million children not in school, and worryingly all-important ‘access to education’ is not the only crisis in education. Teacher quality is holding back learning even for those in full time education. One third of primary school age children are not learning the basics.

But teachers cannot shoulder the responsibility alone. The report shows that teachers can only shine in the right context. Well-designed curricula and assessment strategies to improve teaching and learning are turning schools around. However, while schools are facing increasing budget concerns, the quality of education is held back by a lack of teachers resulting in large class sizes.

Analysis by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics shows that between 2011 and 2015, 5.2 million teachers need to be recruited to ensure that there are sufficient teachers to achieve universal primary education. However, while the UK’s achievement levels are generally higher, over 10% of grade 8 students in Norway and England performed below minimum learning levels in mathematics in 2011.

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Parental involvement is key to improving the education system both at home and aboard, to distribute teachers to where they are most needed and ensure that the very highest quality can be delivered providing the right incentives to retain the best teachers and extend quality education.

Education is crucial to help individuals escape poverty and excel in employment, to earn higher wages and realise better livelihoods. The foundations set in the first thousand days of a child’s life, from conception to the second birthday, are critical for future well-being. It is therefore vital that families have access to support to make the right choices for children

Maths doctor is always exploring ways to enhance learning and contribute to the global improvement of teaching standards. To this effect we are looking forwards to our partnership with Teach Pitch, who provide online teaching to improve global standards in education, while we endeavour to improve the direct impact of learning from home. Empowering children through communication and advocacy can help them reduce their vulnerability and prepare them for a life beyond 2014.

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