The 47-th session of the International Conference on Education
Let me express at the outset my warmest congratulations for the devoted work the International Bureau of Education has put in organizing this 47th of the International Conference on Education and for the comprehensive and incisive documents prepared for this important event.
I wish also to take the opportunity to join other delegations in congratulating you on your election as President, and wishing you and other members of the Bureau every success in your important mission.
This session of the International Conference on Education will focus on the very complex topic of "Quality education for all young people: challenges, trends and priorities". An important problem of any process of reform in the field of education is represented by the organization of the educational demands of children and youth. The solution of organizing and reforming any system of education from the perspective of permanent education appears to be a realistic one as it allows for the creation of certain flexible bridges between all levels and routes of education.
The reform of education in Romania starts from reality and from traditions; it provides equal opportunities to free education for all children and answers the challenges of today's world, such as the new information and communication technologies, by encouraging creativity and changes in mentalities. Another challenge comes from the difficulty of achieving, at the same time and to the same extent, equal opportunities to the highest qualitative level of education. At the same time, preserving the national identity and heritage and traditions, in a world that has become more interdependent, should be one of the most important objectives of the policy makers in the field of education.
Dans une telle perspective, en Roumanie, les priorités d'une réforme de l'éducation au début du XXI-eme siècle semblent être:
Monsieur le President,
Les préoccupations concernant l'adaptation du système éducatif aux nouvelles exigences de la société, tout comme celles concernant l'adhésion à l'Union Européenne, ont conduit à des modifications significatives de la structure, de l'organisation et de la gestion du système éducatif roumain, ainsi que:
A recent tendency consists in the creation of partnerships between the school and the civil society dedicated to a better knowledge and preservation of the immediate environment and to the carrying out of actual sustainable development projects reaching beyond the environmental dimension. There is a tendency to focus on issues of demography, human rights, and moral responsibility towards the next generations.
The educational system in Romania, just like the other European systems - is facing some general requirements whose direction is imposed by the economic, social, political and cultural development, both at a national and international level. The quality of education services, the free accesses to education in rural areas, motivation for learning will be at the core of all education policies and strategies in Romania.
In this context, the world educational community needs to develop a clearer understanding of what we mean by quality in education, by establishing targets and standards to be achieved by all of us. And for this raison, I would like to address my thanks to the International Bureau of Education for making possible the debate of such an important subject and for the opportunity to discuss the challenges we face in education, and to share our experience and our priorities.
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