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Improve the Quality of Education
To improve the quality of education calls for improvement in the quality of education in all its aspects, aiming for a situation where people can achieve excellence. Everyone should be able to achieve learning outcomes that are recognized and can be measured, particularly with regard to literacy, numeracy(数字) and other skills essential for life.
Why this goal？
Education must help learners live their lives with greater competence and greater confidence. It will only do this if it is of good quality--where the learning process is positive and helpful, and where real learning takes place. For children, it is not merely a matter of attending school, but of learning in ways that make sense, and learning things that are relevant and useful. Today's world is complex and knowledge is growing at a fast pace--learning must go on throughout life. Both children and adults need to know how to cope with change, with many different relationships, with lots of information, and with diversity and difference.
So teaching and learning must give learners the tools for life--education must lead to outcomes that are meaningful where learners feel confident in using the knowledge and skills they have acquired. Education is also about developing behavior. based on positive values--understanding and respect for other people of all kinds, for their rights, for the past and the future. This is education of high quality--only education of this kind will lead to the many social and economic benefits which countries and individuals hope for.
Importance of quality education in learning
Learners--whether children or adults--quickly react to the quality of education. Where the quality of schooling is high, for example, parents are motivated not only to send their children to school, but also to keep them there. Adult learners soon lose interest in educational opportunities ff they do not result in relevant and useful knowledge. The quality of education is therefore a factor in ensuring that education is accessible and meaningful to everyone.
What happens in the learning environment is also important. When the school is a safe environment and is well-equipped, when teachers are well-trained and highly motivated, learners are more likely to be able to achieve learning goals and successfully complete schooling.
An education of high quality also means that individuals will develop their potential--education will make a difference to the chances they have in life. In society as a whole, quality education supports positive social change. It will enable people to progress through effective learning outcomes--gaining the knowledge, competencies, skills and behaviors which are essential for development.
Measuring quality: this is a key challenge, so that we can say with more certainty where and how the quality of education is improving. We need better indicators and more of them, so that the different aspects of quality can be assessed.
Increasing the relevance of education: irrelevant education means little to the learner and does not lead to new opportunities in life. Education must be made relevant to the circumstances of the learner--for example, exploring the local culture and way of life and using local languages. It must also be made relevant to the opportunities that are available--knowledge that can lead to further learning and to productive work, whether locally, in the capital city or elsewhere.
Quality for everyone: this will mean special approaches for disadvantaged children and adults, such as those in conflict zones and emergency situations, those with disabilities, those in remote areas, orphans, abandoned children, and those affected by HIV and AIDS. Many of these will not be able to receive a quality education without