"Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations, produced by enthusiastic effort and infinite labor in every country of the world. All this is put into your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it to your children. Thus do we mortals achieve immortality in the permanent things which we create in common." - Albert Einstein

Friday, June 21, 2013

Global Competitiveness through Education

In May of 2012, China launched its first National Early Childhood Development (ECD) Advocacy Month. UNICEF-China reported:
"By making early childhood education and development a clear government priority, China is taking a momentous step toward ending the inter-generational cycle of poverty, achieving the Millennium Development Goals and brightening the future for all of its citizens.” said UNICEF Representative to China, Ms. Gillian Mellsop. 
A body of scientific evidence shows that quality early childhood development is vital to children’s optimal physical, mental and emotional growth. Yet according to official statistics, only around half of young children in China have access to preschool education. Preschool attendance rates are even lower in rural areas.
And in November of 2012, a new office in charge of preschool education was established by the Ministry of Education in China. The report also cited the continuing commitment of the Communist Party of China to give high priority to education:
Chinese President Hu Jintao said, "Such efforts will include measures to develop preschool education, promote the balanced development of nine-year compulsory education and accelerate the development of modern vocational education."
Donna Cooper, Adam Hersh, and Ann O’Leary of the Center for American Progress published a report, "The Competition that Really Matters: Comparing U.S., Chinese, and Indian Investments in the Next-Generation Workforce" in August of 2012.

The following figures are taken from the report and these are really worth our attention:

The above figure taken from The Competition that Really Matters: Comparing U.S., Chinese, and Indian Investments in the Next-Generation Workforce,
published by the Center for American Progress
The above figure taken from The Competition that Really Matters: Comparing U.S., Chinese, and Indian Investments in the Next-Generation Workforce,
published by the Center for American Progress

The above figure taken from The Competition that Really Matters: Comparing U.S., Chinese, and Indian Investments in the Next-Generation Workforce,
published by the Center for American Progress


The above table taken from The Competition that Really Matters: Comparing U.S., Chinese, and Indian Investments in the Next-Generation Workforce,
published by the Center for American Progress

The above table taken from The Competition that Really Matters: Comparing U.S., Chinese, and Indian Investments in the Next-Generation Workforce,
published by the Center for American Progress

The above figure taken from The Competition that Really Matters: Comparing U.S., Chinese, and Indian Investments in the Next-Generation Workforce,
published by the Center for American Progress

The above figure taken from The Competition that Really Matters: Comparing U.S., Chinese, and Indian Investments in the Next-Generation Workforce,
published by the Center for American Progress











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