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Symposium 2012

Solution for Effective Investments in Education

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Education is a fundamental right for everyone and key to the future of any country. Education has its price everywhere—but the only thing more expensive than investing in education is not investing ...

Education is a fundamental right for everyone and key to the future of any country. Education has its price everywhere—but the only thing more expensive than investing in education is not investing in education. Inadequate education produces high costs for society in terms of public spending, crime, health, and economic growth. No country can afford to leave too many of its children behind and not to help them achieve the competencies needed for a self-fulfilled life in economic independence.

Governments should focus their investments on both individual and collective capacity-building—training pedagogues to use methods of individual support and to serve as "learning coaches" to help children "learn to learn" as well as being actively involved in local environments.

Raising the quality of education starts with capacity-building. Of greatest importance for a high quality education system are excellent pedagogues in all schools and early childhood educational institutions—especially in disadvantaged neighborhoods. Pedagogues should be trained to use methods of individual support; they should serve as "learning coaches" and help the children in their care to "learn to learn" instead of just teaching only factual knowledge or even how to succeed in standardized tests.

Capacity-building starts with the individual: thus, the quality of teachers and other pedagogues is central. But individual capacity needs to be combined with collective capacity. Collective capacity has to be established among the staff of each educational institution and between all institutions in a neighborhood, district or region. Special training and strategies should help to establish real teamwork in schools and childcare centers. Educational institutions are always integrated in their environment: the surrounding neighborhood, region and country have an immense influence on children's development and learning and also on how an institution operates. Local conditions play an especially important role—and it would be preferable if educational institution were actively involved in their neighborhoods or districts.

Pedagogues should be trained to work with parents and local partners so that all efforts can be combined to enhance the quality of education. Different learning environments—such as cooperation with local partners, sports clubs, music schools, churches, etc.—can add to current curricula. Governments must provide resources to finance these local partnerships as well as the methods of individual and collective capacity-building.

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