Doha – Doha is currently hosting the (Regional Symposium on Policy Implications of Learning Assessments to Enhance Education Quality in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States) which started here today.

The three-day symposium is organized by Qatar National Commission for Education (QNCE), Culture and Science,and the office of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in Doha, in cooperation with the Arab Bureau of Education for the Gulf States.

The Symposium, in which delegations from the GCC states will participate, will provide an opportunity for discussing ways to strengthen and develop cooperation in the education sector in the context of achieving the goals of sustainable development and realizing the values and priorities of UNESCO in the field of education.

Secretary-General of QNCE Dr. Hamda Hassan Al Sulaiti said in her opening speech that this event comes within the framework of the GCC objectives in achieving the fourth goals of the 2030 Sustainable Development Plan.

She pointed out that the success of GCC countries in enhancing the quality of education in the framework of achieving the goals of the sustainable development plan 2030 adopted by 150 world leaders, requires great effort, determination, dedication and valuable partnerships with all stakeholders.

Dr. Al-Sulaiti stressed that Qatar continues to steadily move ahead with its commitment to achieve of the goals of Education for All (EFA). She stressed that Qatar has made many achievements in the field of educational growth and quality, raising its efficiency and improving its outputs, in line with the Qatar National Vision 2030 and the education and training sector strategy.

At the global level, since the launch of Education for All, the State of Qatar has spared no effort in supporting and strengthening international and regional efforts to contribute to increasing children’s access to education in all parts of the world, Dr. Hamda Al Sulaiti said pointing out that Qatar has many initiatives in this context, such as , “Education Above All”, “Educate a Child” and “Al Fakhoura” in addition to other contributions to UNESCO projects and developing countries in the field of education.

She added that the most important challenge to the GCC countries is to preserve the achievements and strive for excellence, which requires exerting more efforts, continued consultation and extension of cooperation with international partners, particularly UNESCO.

For her part Director of UNESCO Regional Office in Doha Dr. Anna Paolini delivered a speech at the opening of the symposium, in which she noted that the global context of development had changed radically, leading to new challenges and ways in terms of educational perception, development and quality.

Dr. Paolini added that the UNESCO office in Doha was organizing a number of events at the regional and national levels to support Member States that were trying to add sustainable development goals to their national plans and financial budgets. She voiced the Office’s readiness to provide policy advice, with concentration on capacity-building.

She explained that the UNESCO office in Doha conducted an important research study on the outcomes of education in the GCC countries, stressing that the conclusions of the study made it necessary to review the teaching and learning mechanism and undertake the required assessments to improve its quality.

The study provides in-depth information on quality education issues in GCC countries, she said expressing the office aspiration to exchange expertise with stakeholders in order to reach the fourth goal of sustainable development plan 2030.

Source: Qatar News Agency