- Prime Minister
- Minister for Education and Training
The Federal Government has released a landmark report on Australia’s schooling system and accepted its recommendations in principle.
The Government commissioned Mr David Gonski AC to undertake the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools alongside a panel of seven eminent education and policy experts to determine how Australia can improve student achievement and school performance.
The Review finds that Australia’s education system needs to reform for the future.
While many other countries have been changing their education systems to keep pace with the challenges they face, the performance of Australia’s schools has stagnated and declined, both in comparison to other nations and in real terms. For example, between 2000 and 2015, the OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment shows Australia dropped from 4th in the world for literacy to 16th, 7th in mathematics to 25th and 4th in science to 14th.
The Government has implemented the needs-based schools funding model Mr Gonski recommended in 2011, however, we have said all along that establishing fair funding arrangements alone do not produce better results. In fact, Australia already invests more per student than other countries that outperform us.
We need to get better outcomes for the record and growing funding we are investing.
The Review makes it clear Australia’s education system should make fundamental changes that would improve the prospects for every student across every school:
“Australian students should receive a world-class education, tailored to their individual learning needs, and relevant to a fast-changing world. They should be challenged and supported to progress and excel in their learning every year of school, appropriate to their starting point and capabilities.”
Australia must focus on creating an education system that gives each student the opportunity to excel and to be their individual best.
The Review identifies 23 recommendations under five themes:
Laying the foundations of learning before the school years and in the home environment
Equipping every student to grow and succeed with the knowledge they need and a focus on growing each individuals’ skills
Creating, support and valuing a profession of expert educators including building on the Government’s reforms to date in teacher education
Empowering and supporting school leaders with experience and autonomy
Lifting aspirations with quality assurance, data and evidence-based research
The Review’s findings and recommendations are informed by extensive consultation with education, policy and business leaders as well as 279 submissions.
The recommendations outline a blueprint for everyone involved in school education, charting clear opportunities for federal leadership while respecting state and territory autonomy. Together, we can ensure Australia’s education system is a world leader for generations to come.
The Government thanks Mr Gonski and the Review panel for their diligent work.
Mr Gonski will brief state and territory education ministers at a special meeting of the COAG Education Council this Friday.
The Government will work with states and territories and non-government school systems to determine how the reforms set out in the Review should be delivered. A new reform agreement between the Commonwealth and jurisdictions will be negotiated this year to come into effect from 2019.
This Review is an opportunity for all levels of government, educators and families to turn around
Australia’s performance and build a stronger school system. This is an opportunity we all must grasp to ensure this and future generations of students get the opportunities they need to succeed.
Through growth to achievement; Report of the Review to Achieve Educational Excellence in Australian Schools is available at https://www.education.gov.au/review-achieve-educational-excellence-australian-schools
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The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, will carry out her first visit to the Arab Region from 13 to 14 February on the occasion of the International Conference for the Reconstruction of Iraq, which will take place in Kuwait (12 to 14 February). Participants at the Conference will take stock of Iraq’s needs and help mobilize civil society, the private sector and all international players around the country’s reconstruction.
Organized by the governments of Kuwait and Iraq with the support of the World Bank, the European Union and the United Nations, the Conference will enable the Director-General to reaffirm UNESCO’s commitment to the process of national reconciliation. She will also highlight the Organization’s work and role in support of emergency education and heritage protection as factors of national cohesion.
Ms Azoulay will take the floor during the last and politically important day of the conference, alongside the Emir of Kuwait, Sheikh Sabah Al Ahmad al Jaber Al Sabah, the Prime Minister of Iraq, Haider Al-Abadi, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini and the President of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim.
The Director-General will also hold bilateral talks with the Emir of Kuwait, the Prime Minister of Iraq and the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
On 13 February, the Director-General will travel to Dubai (United Arab Emirate) to take part in the World Governments’ Summit in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). During the closing plenary session, she will speak on the subject of Collective Intelligence in Action: UNESCO’s Role in Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century. Ms Azoulay will hold meetings with Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Emir of Dubai, and Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
Also on 13 February, the Director-General will visit Abu Dhabi to meet Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince and Defence Minister, and visit the Abu Dhabi Louvre museum in the company of Noora Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development.
Key Elements concerning cooperation between UNESCO and Iraq in education and culture:
In 2017, UNESCO organized the International Coordination Conference on the Safeguarding of Cultural Heritage in Liberated Areas of Iraq which led to the adoption of a plan of action for the safeguarding of the country’s archaeological sites, historical cities, museums and religious heritage.
Iraq has five sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.
- UNESCO has spearheaded international awareness raising to reinforce joint UN action to safeguard cultural heritage. This has led to the unanimous adoption of Resolution 2347 at the UN Security Council in March 2017. It is the first resolution to take on board the protection of cultural heritage in areas affected by armed conflict without geographic restrictions.
- UNESCO is working to stop the illicit trafficking in cultural properties through:
- Follow-up on Security Council Resolutions 1483 (2003)
- coordination with Interpol and UNODC in the implementation of Resolution 2199 (2015) which bans all trade in Iraqi cultural properties put on the market after 2003
- Training border police and raising the awareness of cultural institutions and international auctioneers.
- UNESCO has also helped close to 10,000 displaced secondary school children benefit from educational support as part of its strategy to promote access to quality education and capacity building. Needs are enormous and require an increase in international aid: 11 million Iraqis are in need of humanitarian assistance, 3 million people have been displaced over the country and every week 70,000 Iraqis return to the territories they had to flee during the war.
- In 2015, UNESCO launched the #Unite4Heritage campaign in Baghdad calling on the public to rise against extremism and radicalization by celebrating the cultural sites, properties and traditions.
UNESCO Office in Iraq, Dhea Subhee, email@example.com, +9647827832739
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