CTLR Chair Dr. Fatimah Al-Hashem Speaks at UN Talk Event
The UNESCO Office for the Gulf States and Yemen, and the World Bank in Kuwait conducted the ‘UN Talk’ this month to examine existing paradigms in education and gain insights on emerging challenges specific to the rapid educational transformations in Kuwait, under the theme “Ensuring Inclusive and Equitable Quality Education and Promoting Lifelong Learning Opportunities for All”. The aim was to identify policy and programmatic directions for the 2020-2030 period as aligned in Kuwait Vision 2035. GUST’s Center for Teaching, Learning, and Research Chair, Dr. Fatimah Al-Hashem was invited to talk at the event.
Dr. Al-Hashem discussed her two-year research study, funded by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), on "Momentum for Education 2030: Improving the Performance of Education Systems in the Gulf Cooperation Council Countries". The research was based on regional trends analyses and field research, and aimed at assessing education quality and learning outcomes in the six Gulf States. Despite heavy investments in education in the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, results in quality of learning outcomes remain low when compared to other countries with similar income levels.
As the Gulf States align their educational policies with the 2030 agenda, the research findings suggest priorities for the way forward and policy interventions towards attaining SDG4-Education 2030. The event welcomed academics from various universities locally and regionally, as well as representatives from the Kuwait Ministry of Education and other NGOs.