It is time to celebrate the teachers of the world. Education for All Global Action Week, 24 to 30 April 2006, focuses on teachers and highlights their fundamental role in our society under the slogan “Every Child Needs a Teacher”.
Since the inaugural celebration in 2001, EFA Week has gained momentum around the world as we strive to address the needs of our communities through appropriate education in an increasingly complex global society. EFA Week is a special week dedicated to mobilizing children, parents, teachers and organizations in support of basic education for all and raising awareness of the Education For All goals. Teachers shape our future. Now is the time to give all teachers the acknowledgment and respect they truly deserve, and to support them in performing their role in an ever more effective way in a fast-changing world.
At the World Education Forum held in Dakar in April 2000, 164 nations pledged commitment to the six goals aimed at achieving quality Education For All (EFA) by 2015. The EFA goals remain the guiding benchmark for countries to enable their citizens to realize their potential and lift themselves out of poverty to enjoy a decent quality of life.
The EFA Global Monitoring Report 2006 pointed out that many primary–school teachers in the world lack adequate qualifications and training. Investing in teachers is therefore critical. According to the report, many countries face a balancing act: teachers’ salaries typically account for two- thirds of current public expenditure on education but earnings are often too low to guarantee an acceptable standard of living. This strongly affects the quality of education.
EFA Week aims to include us all in the realization of the six EFA goals by drawing attention to our role in supporting leading educators, teachers and innovative educational initiatives.
The EFA Action Plan for Vietnam (2003-2015) shows a firm commitment to EFA through the delivery of a strategic framework for the long-term development of the following four priority components of the education system: early childhood care and pre-school education, primary education, lower-secondary education and non-formal education. Vietnam’s National EFA Action Plan has succeeded in rallying the government, donors, NGOs and civil society into a concerted effort to achieve Education For All.
We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the endeavours of teachers in all education settings throughout the country as we move closer to achieving the EFA Goals. In support of this declaration, many exciting activities are taking place throughout the country during EFA Week focusing on the role of teachers.
THE ACTION WEEK 2006 – EVENTS IN VIET NAM
A highlight of the EFA Global Action Week is a national symposium in Hanoi on the morning of Friday, 28 April 2006, hosted by the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) and in collaboration with UNESCO Hanoi. The informative symposium is very relevant for practitioners at all levels as well as members of the general public who have an interest in contemporary educational issues in Vietnam. The symposium aims to address issues that are particularly pertinent to teachers and highlight the value of teachers in shaping our society.
In relation to the key theme of quality teaching, the first edition of the EFAnet publication for Vietnam will be distributed at the symposium. In this issue, good practices from regional countries and of local Non-Governmental Organizations are documented as a way of raising awareness of the development of EFA-oriented activities.