Policy briefs and Statements
Unite 4 Education: The Use of Information and Communications Technology in the Classroom
Modern developments in information and communication technologies (ICT) provide exciting possibilities to enhance the quality of education. Interactive education software, open access digital libraries, and cheaper and more intuitive technology may facilitate new forms of interaction between students, teachers, education employees and the community and enhance the quality of education by making it more accessible.
Education may be enriched by integrating such technologies into traditional educational activities. However, it must be recognised that ITC may never displace the relationship between teacher and learner which is crucial to the learning and development process.
ICT has the capacity to enhance the learning process and facilitate communications within education institutions and between educators and learners but it must be used in education institutions under the supervision of qualified well-trained professionals with the expertise in pedagogy and in education to ensure that its impact does not damage or undermine the learning process or the development of learners.
Unite 4 Education: Tools and Materials for Quality Teaching and Learning
- Qualified teachers with necessary teaching and learning tools and materials are the foundation for quality and effective education.
- Life skills of students are reinforced with quality teaching and appropriate learning tools and materials.
- Appropriate and adequate teaching and learning tools and materials are needed for the effective provision/delivery of quality education.
Unite 4 Education: Teacher Training and Professional Development
- Qualified teachers are at the heart of quality education
- High-quality teacher education and training and on-going professional development improves teacher retention, effectiveness and student achievement
- Teachers should receive comprehensive initial training through institutions of higher education, as well as in-service training and ongoing professional development
Unite 4 Education: Quality Learning Environment
- The learning environment is central to quality education.
- A quality learning environment is accessible and inclusive for all.
- A quality learning environment is safe and secure for all.
- A quality learning environment has adequate resources and infrastructure.
- Reasonable class sizes are essential to a quality learning environment.
The facts in the fiction: Public private partnerships in education
EI statement on equitable quality education
At the Rio+20 Conference in 2012, governments agreed to launch a UN-led process to create a set of universal Sustainable Development Goals. The so-called Open Working Group (OWG) was established in January 2013 and consists of 70 Member States. They are expected to propose goals across all three dimensions of sustainable development (social, environmental, and economic). The OWG will present its final proposal to the UN General Assembly 2014.
The OWG is currently the main process and platform for formulating a post-2015 agenda and EI has actively contributed to their work. In June 2013, the OWG held a session that was devoted to education, where EI gave a presentation on the role of education for sustainable development.
Unite 4 Education: The Right to an Education Begins at Birth
- Education is a fundamental human right for all, and a public good
- Quality education needs an inclusive and holistic approach
- Fairness and equity is fundamental to quality education
- Quality education requires quality teachers
- Quality education must be publicly financed
Unite 4 Education: Why Invest?
- Education is a right
- Education is a public good and contributes to social, cultural, democratic and economic development
- Education contributes to the personal development of individuals, including their intellectual, social and physical development
- Education encourages people to become active citizens and contribute to the development and well-being of society
- Education is a necessary investment for solving the current crises
- The privatisation of education financing undermines social equity and distorts the mission of educational institutions
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Unite 4 Education: Non-Discriminatory Education
- Ensure the principles of equity and non-discrimination are enshrined in national legislation and cover administrative practices as well as the individual acts of public authorities
- Ensure that social inclusion is promoted and mainstreamed throughout the education system, including financing, policy development, curriculum and pedagogical practice, as well as teacher training
- Ensure that measures for increasing access to education, reducing drop-out rates and improving retention and completion rates identify and target communities that are most marginalised
Unite 4 Education: Evaluation and Assessment of Students, Teachers and Education
- Quality education requires formative evaluation and assessment
- Testing students is not enough to measure quality
- Quality education is more than teaching to the test
- Assessments of students are most effective when made in collaboration with teachers
Unite 4 Education: Gender Equity in Quality Education
- Ensure equal and universal access to education and completion of all levels of learning
- Finance the development and promote the use of gender-sensitive curricula across the education system
- Combine gender mainstreaming policies with targeted measures focusing on girls and/or boys as appropriate
- Focus on including those marginalised as a result of multiple discrimination