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Alexandria, VA (02/17/2016)—ASCD, a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading, and Education International (EI), the voice for education employees across the globe, have released a joint statement applauding the establishment of the stand-alone education goal as part of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) ratified at the United Nations on September 25, 2015. Together, ASCD and EI are calling for a clear definition of quality education that places the needs of the child at the fore.
“The Sustainable Development Goals related to education give the world a chance to build on some real success,” said Fred Van Leeuwen, general secretary of Education International. “Already in this century, millions more students have access to education. Our challenge now is to complete that access and provide the quality teaching, tools, and environments for learning for every student. Highly qualified teachers are critical to this work and EI is proud to be working closely with ASCD, which has made continuous professional development for teachers a global mission.”
An essential part of the joint statement is that it defines a quality education as one that focuses on the whole child—the social, emotional, mental, physical, and cognitive development of each student regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or geographic location. ASCD and EI agree that a quality education is one that prepares the child for life, not just for testing, and provides the outcomes needed for individuals, communities, and societies to prosper.
“Quality education must not be left to chance. It is the foundation upon which countries base efforts to improve overall health, well-being, and economic vitality,” said Deborah S. Delisle, ASCD executive director and CEO. “The ratification of an educational goal in the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 is our opportunity to engage the world in conversations to ensure that the term quality education is synonymous with an education that serves the needs of the whole child. ASCD commends EI and its Unite for Quality Education campaign for leading the way in establishing education as a global goal and is honored to be working alongside EI in advocating for quality and equity in education.”
A quality education, as defined by EI and ASCD, is one that focuses on the whole child and is supported by three key pillars: ensuring access to quality teachers; providing use of quality learning tools and professional development; and establishing safe and supportive quality learning environments.
Read the full statement from EI and ASCD at www.ascd.org/qestatement.
ASCD is a global community dedicated to excellence in learning, teaching, and leading. ASCD’s innovative solutions promote the success of each child. Visit www.ascd.org/wholechild to learn more about programs that keep all students healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged. Visit www.ascd.org to learn more about ASCD programs, products, services, and membership.
Education International represents organizations of teachers and other education employees across the globe. It is the world’s largest federation of unions, representing 30 million education employees in about 400 organizations in 170 countries and territories, across the globe. Education International unites all teachers and education employees. Learn more at www.ei-ie.org.
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