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ETEC President at High-Level Accelerating Learning

HE Dr. Husam Zaman participated at the “High-Level Conference on Accelerating Learning in the Middle East and Africa: A Call to Action and Opportunities for Collaboration”, which was organized by the World Bank and the Egyptian Ministry of Education in Cairo Thursday the 13 of February 2020. The Conference was under the patronage of President Abdulfattah Al-Sisi. Furthermore, many ministers of education and officials and directors affiliated with concerned bodies from the region attended.

During his talk, Dr. Zaman emphasized the importance of following through with the development of more effective measures to make teaching more professional, as well as the optimal use of data and the reliance on sound educational methods, in addition to the encouragement of collaboration in the domains of educational evaluation, sharing measurement and assessment tools, and using updated and advanced electronic platforms.

HE also stressed that reforming general education involves prioritizing the professionalization of the teaching profession through in-depth reviews of teacher preparation programs, not only those at colleges of education, but also the improvement of the outcomes of colleges of arts and science. Further, he added that investing in educational evaluation is crucial since evaluation is the driving force behind development. He explained that the experience of Saudi Arabia is characterized by the independence of these processes, which means that we need to benefit from the results of different evaluation processes and make use of them in developing practical policies and practices. Dr. Zaman also called for regional collaboration in the exchange of expertise and available resources, which are currently undergoing development in the field of assessment and evaluation tools, including tests, question banks, conceptual frameworks, and technical frameworks to analyze and make use of the results. 

It is worth noting that the conference aims at accelerating the efforts exerted to provide education for all, especially 10-year-olds who are illiterate due to their economic status, in addition to the exchange of expertise regarding reforming education and the successful strategies in improving education and enhancing cooperation among participating countries to accelerate the improvement of learning outcomes.


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