Doha, March 06 (QNA) – Experts and ministers of education participating in the Fifth United Nations Conference on the Least Developed Countries (LDCs) have stressed the importance of giving education priority on the international agenda and building future educational systems based on solidarity and international dialogue.

They have also noted the need for gender equality and bringing about economic development to create job opportunities for young people in the LDCs.

This was highlighted during a discussion session titled ‘Transforming education in LDCs: Ensuring a focus on inclusion and gender equality’, on the sidelines of the second day of the Fifth United Nations Conference on the LDCs.

During the session, the experts and ministers of education noted teachers’ important role in the education sector, which necessitates improving the concept of education, the culture of inclusion and gender equality, granting funding and expanding capabilities in the least developed countries, in addition to giving females an opportunity to keep pace with science, technology and mathematics, develop their tools and skills, and keep pace with digital developments.

They pointed out that the inclusion of all groups in education will achieve positive factors and contribute to improving the conditions of all, especially since education is the most powerful weapon to change the world.

HE Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh Dr. Dipu Moni said that there are huge numbers of students who drop out of school in Bangladesh due to the conditions and challenges that all least developed countries are going through, expressing her thanks to the State of Qatar for organizing this conference and providing an opportunity to talk about the most prominent problems experienced by the least developed countries.

Her Excellency said that Bangladesh’s Ministry of Education has supported thousands of students in order to access education and remove obstacles in front of them, noting that the Coronavirus pandemic contributed to increasing the magnitude of obstacles and posed many challenges.

She revealed that new curricula and a different evaluation method for school students were introduced in Bangladesh as focus and attention has been placed on vocational and technical education, the development of mathematics, the change of infrastructure and the training of teachers, stressing the need to highlight all the gaps that are being faced and confronted in the education sector.

HE Minister of Education and Vocational Training in Pakistan Rana Tanveer Hussain said that there are huge numbers of students in his country who were deprived of education due to the recent disasters, pointing out that the Pakistani Ministry of Education continued to work to protect students, strengthen the education sector and obtain appropriate financing.

His Excellency explained that the devastating floods severely affected Pakistan and caused approximately 2.8 million people to be excluded from schools, pointing out that his country set the world record for the number of students who dropped out of schools.

He pointed out that the international community has become aware of the scale of the problems facing the education sector in the least developed countries, stressing the importance of helping the largest number of children who suffer from school dropouts.

He pointed out that Pakistan has focused greatly on the importance of education and gender equality, as an ambassador for education has been appointed and has placed within his interest the education of girls in Pakistan.

During their participation in the session, a number of participating students from various least developed countries stressed the importance of finding solutions to all problems in the education sector, pointing to the importance of promoting economic development, improving the concept of education, and creating gender equality.

Source: Qatar News Agency