In 2000, the international community promised that by 2015 there would be “quality basic education for all children, youth and adults”. At this point, there is broad consensus and ample evidence that this will not be achieved.
The global debate on education should reflect the reality of the classroom and especially take into account the voice of education professionals.
With this in mind, Education International (EI) has launched a worldwide survey on teaching and learning conditions with the aim of bridging the gap between policy-making and the reality of the classroom.
The survey focuses on the main areas that provide quality education: quality teachers, quality tools and a quality environment, and asks the respondents to reflect their personal experience.
There are questions on workload, number of students, or resources available, the qualifications of the educators, their rights as workers, their motivation and the possibility for an active participation within the school system.
The survey will be accessible online until the end of July in more than 10 languages. The results will be presented to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon later this year.
EI is making a broad call to teachers across the world to participate in the survey so that education professionals gain the opportunity to inform the discussions currently taking place at the United Nations that will set the global development agenda for the next 15 years.
“It is, after all, teachers and their collective voice that define a successful education system,” said EI General Secretary, Fred van Leeuwen. “Reaching out to teachers directly, we can better shape policy that will improve conditions in the classroom.”
Take the survey at: http://efa-ept.ei-ie.org