bnn.lv Latviski   bnn-news.com English   bnn-news.ru По-русски
Wednesday 21.11.2018 | Name days: Andis, Zeltīte
LatviaLatvia

UNESCO: securing quality education is the duty of all involved sides

FaceBook
Twitter
Draugiem
print
(No Ratings Yet)

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUResponsibility for securing quality education should be taken by governments, schools, teachers, parents, private sector representatives and students. A responsible education system should be based on justice, inclusion and quality principles, as noted by authors of UNESCO education report ‘Accountability in education: fulfilling our responsibilities’.

Data shows that more than 20% of countries around the world legally guarantee 12-year free compulsory education. There are 264 million children and youngsters around the world that do not go to school. There are also 100 million youngsters around the world who were taught how to read.

According to the report, 41% of Latvian residents older than 15 know how to connect smart devices. 66% know how to copy and move files. 33% of residents know how to use software used to prepare presentations. In Finland and Iceland, on the other hand, 58% of residents are able to perform those tasks.

Analysis of responsibilities in the education system reveals that putting blame on teachers for poor education results is often unfair and non-constructive. Results are affected by many different factors, including the education programme, schoolchildren’s learning ability, parents’ involvement, resource availability, etc. «Use of tests of children’s education results against teachers and schools only increases the possibility that such a measure is aimed at self-defence, increases the isolation of children with the poorest academic results,» as noted by the report’s author Manos Antoninis.

The report puts special attention on gender equality in education. Only 4% of countries provide gender equality in higher education. Although in nearly all regions of the world, except of Sub-Saharan African regions, there are more women than men who gain higher education, women receive degrees in subjects like natural sciences, technologies, engineering sciences and mathematics less often than men.

65% of all degree recipients in Latvia are women. Their proportion is only 30% when it comes to acquiring degrees in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics). In India, gender parity in higher education is closer to the goal: approximately 51% of all degree recipients in higher education are women. 42% of all STEM graduates are also women.

In spite of the level of higher education, women are not sufficiently represented in politics and management posts. Data from October 2017 shows that of the 193 UN member states, only 11 country and 12 government leaders are women. The situation is similar when it comes to parliaments. Only Nordic countries are close to the established gender parity goal – 41% of parliamentarians there are women. On average in Europe, excluding Nordic countries, approximately 26% of parliamentarians are women (17.5% in Arab countries). In Latvia, 83 deputies out of 100 are all men. Only 17 deputies are women (data from 8 March 2018).

It is mentioned in the report that it is important to keep society informed of the function of the education system. Still, of the 209 countries only 108 have published a national education review at least once since 2010. Only one out of six governments publishes annual education reviews. Nevertheless, no approach towards responsibility will be successful without a strong supportive environment that provides all involved with resources, motivation and information so that they are able to fulfill their duties.


Leave a reply

EU-UK future ties declaration held back by issues of fisheries, Gibraltar, trade

As the European Union and the UK are now negotiating principles of their future relationship, British Prime Minister Theresa May is taking part in talks in Brussels on Wednesday to try solve disagreements regarding Gibraltar, fisheries and trade.

Bribery accused ex-Riga City Council official detained in Egypt

Law enforcement authorities in Egypt have detained bribery accused former Riga City Council official Ārija Stabiņa, as confirmed by Panorāma programe of LTV.

Police admit November 11 Embankment is not the best place for mass events

Security-wise, 11 November Embankment is not the best place for mass events. Nevertheless, responsible authorities plan to analyse in the near future ways to improve security measures in this portion of Riga, as reported by Criminal Police Chief Artis Velšs.

LMIB: CCLI price should not increase in Latvia in the near future

The price of Compulsory Civil Liability Insurance is not expected to increase in the near future, said board member of Latvian Motor Insurers' Bureau Juris Stengrevics in an interview to 900 seconds programme of LNT.

Competition Council permits Energia Verde to change owners

Latvian Competition Council has permitted the agreement in which Estonia-based private capital investment fund Usaldusfond BaltCap Infrastructure Fund gains decisive influence over SIA Energia Verde by acquiring 70% of its shares from AS Energoeco, BNN was informed by the council.

Latvian corruption watchdog commenced five cases on crimes in healthcare in past five years

Corruption Prevention and Combating Bureau has sent five criminal cases associated with corruption violations in healthcare to the prosecutor’s office in the fast five years.

Saeima approves deputies for work in parliamentary committees

Latvia’s Saeima has approved deputies who will work in the parliament’s standing committees in the next four years. 92 deputies participated in the vote; no one voted against or abstained in the vote.

NATO appreciates Lithuania's defence spending as showing example

Lithuania's significant increase in defence spending has been praised by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg as an example this week.

Ieva Jaunzeme becomes candidate to lead Latvia’s State Revenue Service

The personnel selection process organized to pick the new head of Latvia’s State Revenue Service has concluded. Ieva Jaunzeme has been named the winner, as confirmed by State Chancellery.

Ilves urges to celebrate things uniting Latvia and Estonia on centenary

The ex-President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, has congratulated Latvia on the 100th anniversary of its statehood and urged to look back at the historical ups and downs experienced by Estonians and Latvians since the Middle Ages that have united the two peoples.

Opinion: government formation can be described with two words – haste and ambitions

The current government formation process in Latvia can be described with two words – haste and ambitions, says ex-prime minister Valdis Birkavs.

Russia to perform OSCE Armament Control Inspection in Latvia

Over the course from 20th to 23rd November, officers of Russian armed forces will be performing Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe armament control inspection in Latvia, as confirmed by Defence Ministry.

Bishops in Poland issue apology for sex abuse against children by clergy

Catholic bishops in Poland have asked for forgiveness to child victims of sexual abuse committed by priests and other Church workers in the mainly Catholic nation.

Week’s beginning to be chilly in Latvia – air temperature at night to drop below 0° C

Weather in Latvia will remain cold at the beginning of the week. Some areas may also experience precipitation in the form of wet snow and snow. It will become warmer closer to the middle of the week. However, colder masses of air will enter the country again at the end of the week, as reported by State Environment, Geology and Meteorology Centre.

LAR leader: maths mercilessly played its role in 13th Saeima elections

«Latvia has a lame duck government at the moment. While the newly-elected politicians are struggling with forming a new government, Kučinskis’ government continues doing all the actual work. This means the people who fight oligarchs [with their indecisiveness] also support the government hey criticize as being a government of oligarchs,» says leader of Latvian Association of Regions Edvards Smiltēns.

Spain warns it could reject Brexit agreement regarding Gibraltar

Spain has warned it would not give its backing to the Brexit agreement passed by the UK government, if Madrid would be given a special veto to prevent any future EU trade agreement with Britain that applies to Gibraltar.

Week in Lithuania. Lithuanian government approves rules for paying whistleblowers

The Lithuanian government approved on Wednesday, November 14, rules for financially rewarding people who provide the authorities with valuable information on illegal activities.

BNN summary of the week: government formation in Latvia, Brexit plans, and Latvia’s 100th birthday

If someone hoped to see Latvia compile a government before the national holiday, they are going to be disappointed – three parties have decided to exit government formation talks headed by New Conservative Party. NCP’s prime minister candidate Jānis Bordāns receive criticism for having too ambitious and expensive goals. NCP, on the other hand, says parties did not try to study the party’s offers.

PUC commences dispute between AS Gaso and natural gas consumer

On Friday, 16 November, Public Utilities Commission decided to commence a dispute procedure between a natural gas consumer and AS Gaso in regards to natural gas supplies, as confirmed by the commission.

Latvian parties continue informal talks while next prime minister is being picked

While President Raimonds Vējonis is busy picking the next prime minister candidate, politicians of different parties are performing informal consultations. No official consultations are currently planned.

UN's global migration compact stirs up Estonia's calm politics

The Estonian government has taken a long time to reach a unanimous position on the United Nation's Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. This has been criticised by Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid, who has to attend a conference in favour of the document in Morocco in December.

Latvian authorities detain CityCommerce Bank co-owner accused of embezzlement

Reinis Tumovs, co-owner of Ukrainian CityCommerce Bank, has been detained in Latvia. He is suspected of embezzling nearly UAH 300 million (EUR 9.5 million), as confirmed by Ukrainian National Police Economy Protection Department on Thursday, 15 November.

Russia ordered to pay damages for Navalny's political arrests by human rights court

Russia has been ordered by the European Court of Human Rights to repay 64 000 euros in damages and costs for politically-motivated arrests of Russian anti-corruption activist Alexei Navalny.

Latvian president to consider Gobzems and Pabriks as perspective prime minister candidates

As parties’ efforts to form a new government continue, Latvia’s President Raimonds Vējonis plans to consider two new prime minister candidates – KPV LV leader Aldis Gobzems and Attīstībai/Par! candidate Artis Pabriks.

EC wants to reduce funding for supplies of fruits, vegetables and milk to schools

European Commission’s proposed regulation on organization of agriculture products market provides for reducing EU funding for the support programme on provision of fruits, vegetables and milk for schools by EUR 29.2 million or the same as United Kingdom’s share.

What would you wish Latvia for its centenary?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

Polls Archive



Category feed: Feed: