THE education system has suffered severely around the world during the Covid-19 pandemic and significant steps are needed to transform it; the UN revealed.
Speaking to ‘Sunday News’ after a meeting with the Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Professor Adolf Mkenda in Dodoma recently, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Tanzania, Zlatan Milišić, said that Due to this shock, the Secretary General of the United Nations called for a global meeting on education in September this year in the United States.
The theme of the summit is “Our Common Agenda”, where delegates (Heads of State) from various nations will discuss the challenges and way forward to transform education and Tanzania is expected to participate.
However, Milišić praised the efforts made by the Tanzanian government to reform the education system during and after the pandemic.
“I am very proud to be in a country where the government and its leaders, including the Minister of Education, did not wait for a call, already a year ago substantial efforts were put in place to reform education in Tanzania,” he said. said.
He added that the UN is aware of the ongoing initiatives to transform the education system in Tanzania, including improving educational infrastructure, policy changes and curriculum change. He expressed his hopes that other nations will learn from Tanzania.
“We are very proud that Tanzania is participating in the summit, showing and sharing its experience,” the UN chief said.
Mr. Milišić assured the government of the maximum cooperation of the United Nations with the commitment to solve the existing challenges in the sector.
The meeting was also attended by the Head of Education Unit of the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), Dr. Daniel Baheta.
For his part, Professor Mkenda said that the revolution in the education sector is well underway.
“We are happy that the directive to revolutionize the education sector issued by our President Samia Suluhu Hassan has now become a global agenda, it means that we are in line with the expectations of the UN”, he said. he declares.
Furthermore, he said that ahead of the world summit, the government, in collaboration with UNICEF and the Agha Khan Foundation, will organize an international meeting on education in Tanzania to discuss the challenges and the way forward.
The meeting will take place in June and more than three ministers of education from African countries are expected to attend.