UNESCO chief ap­plauds qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion

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China is mak­ing “a big stride” in qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and is mov­ing to­wards ed­u­ca­tion for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, a top UN of­fi­cial has said. In a re­cent in­ter­view with in Lon­don, Irina Bokova, direc­tor-gen­eral of the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional, Sci­en­tific and Cul­tural Or­gan­i­sa­tion (UNESCO), high­lighted China’s progress in re­duc­ing poverty and il­lit­er­acy and de­vel­op­ing qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for ur­ban and ru­ral ar­eas. “For ob­vi­ous rea­sons, China as a coun­try has an im­pact on many of the de­vel­op­ment goals in the world, with its di­men­sions, with its dy­namic de­vel­op­ment, with its chal­lenges and with its op­por­tu­ni­ties,” she said. Ms Bokova said UNESCO recog­nises the “huge strides” of China in al­le­vi­at­ing poverty. “China has made a huge ef­fort to re­duce il­lit­er­acy. China has been one of the cham­pi­ons of UNESCO’S frame­work of work­ing against il­lit­er­acy and China has shown lead­er­ship in this process,” she added. Bokova also noted that China has put a lot of em­pha­sis on tech­ni­cal and vo­ca­tional train­ing. She re­called that, in part­ner­ship with Chi­nese and in­ter­na­tional in­sti­tu­tions, UNESCO con­vened the Third In­ter­na­tional Congress on Tech­ni­cal and Vo­ca­tional Ed­u­ca­tion and Train­ing (TVET) in Shang­hai in 2012. “I think this is one of the ar­eas where China puts an em­pha­sis in or­der to have sus­tain­able growth and a more in­clu­sive so­ci­ety,” she told In the in­ter­view, the UNESCO chief con­grat­u­lated China and the United States on their re­cent rat­i­fi­ca­tion of the Paris Agree­ment on cli­mate change, a his­toric in­ter­na­tional le­gal doc­u­ment that out­lines post2020 global cli­mate gov­er­nance. “I think China is mov­ing to­wards ed­u­ca­tion for sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment; this is some­thing that we will strongly en­cour­age, and we are ready to work with China,” she said. She went on say­ing that China has been “a very in­ter­est­ing, en­cour­ag­ing case in point” with the use of new tech­nolo­gies and the open ed­u­ca­tional re­sources. “We or­gan­ised a big fair about the use of these new tech­nolo­gies,” she re­called. Ms Bokova con­tin­ued that “China is mak­ing a big stride in qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion for the ru­ral ar­eas.” UNESCO has given its pa­tron­age to the In­ter­na­tional Re­search and Train­ing Cen­tre for Ru­ral Ed­u­ca­tion (INRULED) in Bei­jing, an im­por­tant in­sti­tute un­der the aus­pices of UNESCO for ed­u­ca­tion in the ru­ral ar­eas, ac­cord­ing to Ms Bokova.

She said it is “a very jus­ti­fy­ing am­bi­tion” to bring the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion in ru­ral and ur­ban ar­eas “at the same level”. “I am very happy to have this very strong part­ner­ship with China in ed­u­ca­tion,” she told Xin­hua

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