Khmer Times/Pech Sotheary Friday, 11 November 2016 3067 views

Education Reform Urged

Education Minister Hang Chuon Naron has called on all levels of government, development partners and political parties to commit to deep reforms of education to achieve sustainable development by 2030.

He spoke as a global report warned of negative effects on education if there are not extensive changes.

Launching the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report 2016, Mr. Chuon Naron said education is indispensable for the sustainable development of the country because education is relevant to ensuring health, poverty reduction, the promotion of women and promotion of skills.

He said: “To implement the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), it is not only the Ministry of Education that has to make a high commitment, but all levels of authorities.

“National and local authorities and political parties have also to make a commitment which must be consistent across politicians and their partners to implement education reforms.”

The 778-page report, which has the theme “Education for People and Planet,” was produced by the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco).

The report says education will not achieve its full potential unless the rate of participation increases strongly in the short term. Sustainable development must be used as a compass for orientation and reform of the whole education system.

The report also warned of the negative impact on education from climate change, unsustainable consumption and an increasing gap between rich and poor. Extensive changes are needed in these areas.

The report says deep reforms to education are needed to fulfill the world’s potential and its ability to respond to the challenges humanity and the planet are facing.

Jeffrey Sachs, a special adviser to the UN secretary-general on sustainable development goals, expressed concern over the education gap between rich and poor within and between countries.

The poorest countries and many poor children face near-unsolvable challenges under current conditions because of the lack of books at home and the absence of chances to enroll in kindergarten.

Children go to schools with no electricity, water, sanitation, qualified teachers or the other study material that serve the basic level of education.

Mr. Sachs said: “If we let the children of this generation not be educated enough, we’ll put them at risk and make our world confront poverty, environmental crises, violence and social instability.

“I would like to urge everyone, everywhere, to learn from this report, and importantly, we must take action all together from the local to the global community level.”

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