What is quality education? Universal education is a basic human right of every child. It is the main foundation which eventually ensures equality of all members of society and enables them to realize their fullest possible inherent potential. Empowered citizens, in turn, will be able to contribute meaningfully to the well being of the society.
But to ensure quality in education, UNICEF takes a broader perspective. It believes all educational programmes must encompass a an optimal process involving all interconnected facets of the educational programs which includes learners, content, processes, environments and outcomes.
UNICEF belives that learners should be healthy, well-nourished and ready to participate and learn, and supported in learning by their families and communities; Environments that are healthy, safe, protective and gender-sensitive, and provide adequate resources and facilities; Content that is reflected in relevant curricula and materials for the acquisition of basic skills, especially in the areas of literacy, numeracy and skills for life, and knowledge in such areas as gender, health, nutrition, HIV/AIDS prevention and peace; Processes through which trained teachers use child-centred teaching approaches in well-managed classrooms and schools and skilful assessment to facilitate learning and reduce disparities; Outcomes that encompass knowledge, skills and attitudes, and are linked to national goals for education and positive participation in society.
To implement these quality paradigms, conerted efforts by all educationist and proponenets of best edcuational systems in Malaysia are needed and AMCEA through active participation of ETAs, has identified multiple focus areas. It has sought assistance of the communities in small towns and has supported tutoring programs. It has pursed reforms for well attended classrooms by ensuring availabilty of all assigned teachers in classrooms. It strives to improve teachers compliance for teaching protocols and processes. It believes that without active teacher participation in classes, local school systems can not ensure implementation of educational blueprint for a prosperous Malaysian society.
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