Education is key for developing nations - Sheikh Salman

Bahrain's Crown Prince calls for global effort to improve standards of education.
Education is key for developing nations - Sheikh Salman
By Elsa Baxter
Sat 17 Oct 2009 11:59 AM

The Crown Prince of Bahrain has called for a global effort to improve standards of education in developing countries.

Sheikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, who is also chairman of the Economic Development Board (EDB), told international education experts attending the inaugural Education Project in Bahrain that despite efforts the inequality gap in global education continued to widen.

"People are what make a country. They are the key to a country's growth and they are entitled to the education and training they need to win good jobs and a good income for their family. Yet we all know there are gaps in the quality of the world's education systems,” he said.

“In spite of good intentions, increased spending on education often fails to deliver the expected improvements. Too many young men and women – in developed and emerging nations – are thrown into the jobs market without the skills they need to stay afloat in post-industrial, knowledge-based economies.”

The Education Project was initiated by Sheikh Salman and organised by the EDB to address the widening inequality gap in global education.

According to UNESCO's Institute for Lifelong Learning, 774 million adults worldwide are illiterate.

A single year of primary school education can increases a person’s wages in later life by between 5 and 15 percent for boys and more for girls, EDB said in a statement.

Bahrain was the first country in the Gulf to introduce a public education system in 1919, and to open education to women in 1928.

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