Momentum for Education 2030: Improving learning in the Gulf States

When, local time: 
Monday, 18 September 2017 -
9:30am to 12:30pm
Where: 
France, Paris
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop

Within the framework of SDG4-Education 2030, the Gulf States are conducting targeted policy research to gain insights in order to address education quality challenges, and scale up innovative and evidence-based strategies to achieve SDG4 targets. This presentation and panel debate will share the research findings emerging from the Momentum for Education 2030 in the Gulf States research project conducted by the UNESCO Doha Cluster Office in view of informing policies and strategies to improve the quality of learning and education system performance in the six Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) States.
Conducted in collaboration with experts from the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, PISA (OECD), and TIMSS (IEA), the analysis provides an account of the progress made and remaining challenges in education in the six Gulf States. Using critical analysis, the study provides many insights and recommendations to enhance education quality and learning outcomes in these countries.

During the event, Dr. Sobhi Tawil, senior education programme specialist, UNESCO HQs will make a presentation on SDG 4 and importance of evidence based policy. Dr. Faryal Khan, education programme specialist, UNESCO Doha, will present key findings of a two-year research study undertaken by the UNESCO Office in Doha and funded by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF). Based on regional trends analyses and field research, the study aimed at assessing education quality and learning outcomes in the six Gulf States.

As the Gulf States align their educational policies with the renewed focus on the quality of education and the relevance of learning, the research findings suggest priorities and policy implications for attaining SDG4 targets. Priorities for the way forward include professionalization of teaching, and linking students’ performance with teachers’ performance to create performance incentives for teachers. There is also a need to address the gender gap. Key findings, challenges and recommendations will be highlighted and debated in the panel discussion.

Ms. Suzanne Grant Lewis, Director of IIEP, H.E. Dr. Hamda Al Sulaiti, Secretary General of UNESCO National Commission in the State of Qatar, and a member of the global steering committee for Education 2030 will provide comments on the research study, its relevance and value added, and how it can provide evidence to inform SDG 4 priorities not just in the Gulf States but also other countries.