Progress of education in Bahrain praised

DEPUTY Premier Shaikh Mohammed bin Mubarak Al Khalifa stressed the importance of education as a measure of the civilisation of nations and the progress of states and people.

Shaikh Mohammed was speaking as he opened the fourth conference of the Education and Training Quality Authority under the theme “The Future of Education and Training Quality: Between Global Trends and Local Execution”.

More than 1,120 specialists, academics and people interested in education and training at local, regional and international levels are attending the virtual conference held under his patronage.

Regional and international bodies and institutions from 30 countries are taking part in the conference.

In his opening speech, Shaikh Mohammed referred to the report published by the United Nations policy brief “Education during Covid-19 and beyond”, published in August last year.

“The Covid-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education systems in history, affecting nearly 1.6 billion learners in more than 190 countries across all continents,” the brief said.

“Closures of schools and other learning spaces have impacted 94 per cent of the world’s student population, up to 99 per cent in low and lower-middle income countries.”

Shaikh Mohammed commended the progress of education in Bahrain since it was formally launched more than 100 years ago with the founding of Al Hidaya Al Khalifiah School in Muharraq in 1919.

The educational process has since witnessed tremendous development in terms of goals and stages of study in accordance with the changes in education, labour market requirements and comprehensive development programmes.

He lauded the successes achieved by the Education and Training Quality Authority in the 12 years since its establishment.

Shaikh Mohammed referred to the contract the government has signed with an international company to restructure the Education Ministry to strengthen its role in operating schools and enabling it to keep pace with developments and to manage the educational process with the required efficiency.




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