Call for quality education to all

2014-04-05

Himalayan News Service

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Education experts Saturday called for imparting quality education to both the rich and the poor at a regional workshop in Lalitpur.

They were of critical of handing over education system to private sector in the name of public-private partnership.

Education International (EI), an international trade union organization working for the professional welfare of the teacher and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES), Nepal provided the forum where trade union activists and teachers from Nepal, India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan are participating.

The three-day workshop is being conducted under the title of Trade Union Skills Development.

The main objective of the workshop is to enhance the capacity of both male and female teachers and acquire perspectives on equality to be on the intrinsic components of human and trade union rights.

Sashibala Singh of EI said that the biggest challenge for South Asia is to develop mechanism to provide quality education to all – rich and poor. "But in the name of Public-Private-Partnership (PPP) the governments of the region are handing over education system to the private sectors and we do not know where will it land us?"

Dev Raj Dahal Head of FES said that the economic model of education that is being floated in the South Asian countries had created more fissures in the society and this needed to be rectified to live up to the slogan "education [quality] for all" in a real sense of the term.

He further said that an integrated South Asia could not be created by free play of market forces alone. "Wider participation of citizens from different walks of life including women would be necessary to establish social justice."

(Source: Rising Nepal: Published on 2nd July)