Iqbal Hossain

Examining system readiness to implement inclusive education

Iqbal Hossain

Globally, 120 million primary and lower secondary school age children are out of school. As per current trend, the global average time require to universalize primary education is 2042. For southern Asia, this is 2051 and Sub-Saharan Africa, 2080. The dream for universalize secondary education is really blur, for globe 2084, southern Asia 2087 and Sub-Saharan Africa 2100. More than 260 million school age children will not learn even the basic primary level skills in 2030 if we continue our business as usual. How can we rate the giant global education system? How effective and efficient the system is? Most importantly, how the system if preparing to achieve the SDG targets, 4.7?

From the middle of MDG era, even after lots of attention and efforts, the trend of change is not encouraging. In many global, regional and national strategies, desperate response interventions are suggested/prescribed for a quick solution that increasing the global performance indicators with a huge question mark on their continuity, completion, quality and sustainability. The systems became untouchable and rigid to reform to address the issues of inclusion for all. On top of that, new questions are knocking in our door. Is our education system preparing our children and youth for addressing the challenges of 21 century? 65% of children entering primary school today will ultimately end up working in completely new job types that doesn’t yet exist. 80 million jobs will be taken by robots/machines in next 10 to 15 years. 1 billion young people will enter in labour market by next decade and 9 out of 10 new work opportunity in developing countries are in the informal sector.

Is our Education system ready to take this challenge? Are we moving toward that pathways? The presentation will try to examine and explore critically the system readiness to ensure quality and relevant education for all from a different perspective.