"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

Saturday, December 20, 2014

A Wish For Education in 2015

If I have to write Santa my wish for basic education, I would simply echo what we heard this past World Teacher's Day; Invest in Teachers.

The field of medicine got it right. Indeed, advanced equipment and new therapies are simply enablers. It is only the health care worker: doctors and nurses, who can really make treatment happen. In education, it is only the teacher that can really treat each student as a person. It is only the teacher that can truly personalize learning and meet the educational needs of a pupil. This blog therefore simply reiterates what the The Global Thematic Consultation on Education in the Post-2015 Development Agenda has stated with regard to teachers:

We support our teachers by:
  1. good conditions of employment, including appropriate contracts and salaries, and prospects for career progression and promotion;
  2. good conditions in the work environment, based on creating school contexts that are conducive to teaching; 
  3. high-quality pre-and in-service training for teachers, based on respect for human rights and the principles of inclusive education; and 
  4. effective management, including teacher recruitment and deployment.
I hope I am not in the naughty list so that the above wishes can be granted.

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all the readers of this blog.

Image credit: Georgetown University

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