24 September 2017On 22 September 2017, Krista Pikkat, Director of the UNESCO Almaty Office, participated in the Senate hearings on the current condition, problems and perspectives of legislative regulation of secondary education in Kazakhstan. The hearing was convened by the Senate Committee on Socio-Cultural Development and Science, and brought together Senators and Members of the Parliament, as well as the Speaker of the Senate, the Minister of Education and Science, representatives of regional authorities, educational institutions and experts.
Speaking about the country’s commitment to achieving the Development Goal Nr 4 to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all”, Ms Pikkat highlighted some areas where more attention would be needed, e.g. strengthened education monitoring, improved learning outcomes, better qualified teachers.
The world around us is changing quickly. Increased mobility and rapid advancement in ICTs mean that the 21st century workforce need different kinds of knowledge and skills than the previous generations
Krista Pikkat, Director of UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office
“The world around us is changing quickly. Increased mobility and rapid advancement in ICTs mean that the 21st century workforce need different kinds of knowledge and skills than the previous generations”, stated Krista Pikkat, calling for students to be equipped, in addition to basic cognitive skills, with transversal competencies – such as critically thinking skills and communication skills.
Highlighting that “Kazakhstan has everything it needs to succeed to deliver on this international commitment”, Ms Pikkat pledged the continued support of UNESCO and the relevant sister UN agencies to the government’s efforts to strengthen the quality of the country’s human capital through the promotion of quality education.