One of the greatest challenges countries have faced is improving the quality of their education with the same pace they built schools and ensured that no child is left behind. Building schools has progressed in many countries, keeping kids out of school has also progressed. However, it hasn’t been so with the quality of education provided.
For this matter I refer to the 2013/14 report by UNESCO titled ‘Teaching and learning: Achieving quality for all’. The report states that, of the world’s 650 million primary school age children, at least 250 million were not learning the basics in reading and mathematics.
Almost 120 million had little or no experience of primary school, having not even reached grade 4.
In many countries, teachers are not trained and motivated to be able to identify and support weak learners. This lack of training and motivation may suggest that they also need a strong support system from the government.
Education as a human basic right changes people’s lives, giving them a better chance to compete in the job market, and a chance to escape poverty.
Achieving the education Sustainable Development Goal will require a balance in education systems. A more focused approach to teacher training, appropriate learner to teacher ratio, safety in schools, health, hygiene, tackling inequality and policies on teenagers etc… They all contribute to the success of any education system, and a balance to a number of these issues will result in a thriving system.