Friday, 12 May, 2017

Tirana 12 April, 2017- The Ministry of Education and Sport and the Institute of Educational Development (IED), in cooperation with UNESCO and UNICEF launch today Sustainable Development Goal 4-Education 2030 and the Education Policy Review report. The event aims to promote awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. In particular, the event will focus on SDG4-Education 2030, which aims to `ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all`. 

The 2030 Agenda comprises 17 SDGs. They cover a wide range of policy areas, from ending poverty, ensuring health and wellbeing, decent work, to gender equality. SDG4, on education, highlights the importance of equity, inclusion and gender equality, effective learning and the relevance of what is being learnt. It aspires to equip young people with the skills needed for sustainable livelihoods, decent work, global citizenship and a culture of peace. 
During the event the report of an Education Policy Review conducted by a UNESCO team, at the request of the Ministry of Education and Sport, will be presented. The report identifies major policy issues and makes recommendations based on the analysis of three key policy domains: curriculum development and reform; information and communication technologies in education; and teacher and school leadership policies. 
The report recommends further professional development of teachers for the implementation of the curriculum reform in areas such as student assessment, meeting the needs of disadvantaged learners, and ICTs for educational purposes. The report advises increasing Internet connectivity, especially in rural areas, and improving online safety for children. Measures to raise the status of the teaching profession and to attract high quality applicants to initial teacher education are also suggested. 

Overall, cross-cutting recommendations in the report include improving communication, promoting inclusive education, strengthening institutions, and enhancing monitoring and evaluation.
UNESCO`s Assistant Director-General for Education, Qian Tang, commended Albania for holding the event. He said, `Today`s event is about fostering a shared, long-term vision for quality education and lifelong learning in Albania that leaves no one behind. The Education Policy Review is intended to support Albania through an evidence-based and analytical approach to education sector development that refers to international experience. Governments have the primary responsibility to deliver on SDG 4. UNESCO, in its role of leading and coordinating the Education 2030 agenda, is committed to supporting them.`
“UNICEF calls on the Government to boost progress towards the SDG on education. SDG 4 recognizes that learning should begin early. Critically, the targets appeal for accessible and quality education for all children – whether girl, boy, child with disability, Roma child or any children living in a vulnerable situation. In line with the Convention on the Rights of the Child, UNICEF will continue to support Albania in strengthening the education system to become more inclusive and ensure that every child receives quality inclusive education, leading to relevant learning outcomes and enabling all children to reach their full potential“- said UNICEF Representative, Antonella Scolamiero.
Minister of Education and Sport, Mrs. Lindita Nikolla expresses her gratitude to UNESCO and UNICEF for their continuous and substantive support to Education in Albania regarding the review of education policies and the meeting of its Strategic Goals`. There are many problems and challenges, as well as a lot of demands that our society places on education in Albania. In response to them, the ministry of education, in the last four years, is carrying out a deep, bold and multidimensional reform that includes all aspects and levels of pre-University education, starting from early childhood to high education. The objectives and approach of this reform is in line with SDG4-Education 2030.

Being aware of the work to be done, Minister Nikolla expresses the commitment of the Government of Albania to education as an absolute priority, as well as her personal commitment as a minister of education to do her best, in order to create the needed synergy of all actors in this direction. 

Minister Nikolla is confident that this activity will contribute to the improvement of policy dialogue between all actors in Albania, as an expression of the responsibility of everyone for the prosperity of education and for harmonizing all energies for this purpose. 
The UN Resident Coordinator in Albania Brian Williams underlined: “We would like to congratulate the Government of Albania for its focus on Sustainable Development Goal 4 to achieve inclusive and equitable education as well as for launching the drafting a SDG baseline report for Albania, critical for deterring gaps and priorities”.
Through expert panel sessions participants will have the opportunity to reflect on the progress and challenges for the implementation of SDG4-Education 2030 in Albania with reference to the findings and recommendations of the Education Policy Review report. 
This activity will give a great support to meeting of all educational goals in Albania