United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a great resource of information relate to the field of education from around the world. This site offers a variety of directions for knowledge and understanding: education, Natural Sciences, Social and Human Sciences, culture, communication and information, and media services. I focused on the Education pull-down menu and found the worldwide tab. This peeked by interest, I enjoy learning about the topics and issues in education in other parts of the world. This tab provided a great source of data to explore on many topic from a variety of areas around the world. Within this tap there was a section labeled NEWS. Here I found three articles from different parts of the world focused on education.
The article, Southern Africa Regional Meeting on ECCE: Ensuring quality Early childhood care and education discusses the importance of a an education. “It is important to exceed merely supporting children to survive, but it support them so that they thrive.” (UNESCO office in Harare, 2016) Through increasing participation in early childcare and education, the goal is to improve readiness of children for school. A second gold discussed is to provide one year of free quality early childcare and education. These goal are in line with current trends in our country.
In the article, Syrian Refuges Welcome New Secondary School in Basirma Camp, Iraq they discussed the growth in the last two years of secondary schools and their ability to reach more students. In 2014/15 secondary schooling in the camp was limited to a small program only reaching 60 students. Now in 2016 the UNESCO has rehabilitated and operates six schools were they could support more students in a quality environment. “The overall aim of the project, improving access to secondary education for Syrian refuges in Iraq is to provide access to and improve the quality of secondary education.” (UNESCO, Office for Iraq, 2016)
The article European Ministers Back Education for Democracy to Counter Extremism and Racism, discusses the critical role education plays in children’s knowledge of democracy, “Securing democracy through education.” (UNESCO Education Sector, 2016) The UNESCO is supporting countries efforts to create education programs that build children’s resilience to violent messages and foster positive sense of identity and belonging. “Mr. Thorbjorn Jayland, secretary General of the council of Europe said: If we want to promote democratic ideas we need to promote values and teach children to live with others equally.” (UNESCO Education Sector, 2016)
I was encouraged that a clear message of the necessity of early child education is all over the world. These articles demonstrate awareness, accessibility , and responsive are global issues not just local issues. As I read each of these articles, I reflected on my own classroom and how we work hard to not just survive, but that we want children to thrive. Our program continues by challenged to meet the goal of accessibility for all children and especially our most vulnerable children. The final connection was to never lose sight of the social emotional need of children. Children all over the world all deserve and have a right to quality early care and education. We as professionals must continue to advocate to those who cannot speak for themselves.
UNESCO Education Sector, (2016) European Ministers Back Education for Democracy to Counter Extremism, Racism
UNESCO office in Harare, (2016) In Mbabane, Swaziland in Southern Africa
UNESCO office for Iraq, (2016) Syrian Refuges Welcome New Secondary Schools in Basirma Camp, Iraq