“Education is the Beating Heart of a Nation’s Future Plans”

October 16, 2009

MANAMA, Bahrain, October 16 /PRNewswire/ –

– Crown Prince Addresses Leading Educators in Bahrain at Inaugural
Education Project

Education is the most important issue to the future of any country, His
Highness Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince of Bahrain and
Chairman of the Kingdom’s Economic Development Board (EDB), told leading
international education experts attending the inaugural Education Project in

The Education Project was initiated by His Highness Shaikh Salman and
organised by the EDB to address the widening inequality gap in global
education. Despite the priority that governments around the globe have placed
on education, the rate of return on educational investments – especially in
developing nations – has been unsubstantial.

The Crown Prince said, “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. 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.

“Identifying and investing in the right sort of education to unlock the
full potential of every individual is one of the greatest challenges facing
the world of the twenty first century. The Education Project is a chance for
educationalists to work together as an international team – with a focus on
doing, not just talking. We have come together to explore solutions and
strategies that can help educators around the world to shape the future of
education – and make a difference, for every society and for every section of

According to UNESCO’s Institute for Lifelong Learning, 774 million adults
are illiterate. Yet a single year of primary school increases the wages
people earn in later life by between 5 and 15 percent for boys and even more
for girls. For each additional year of secondary school, a person’s wages
increase by 15 to 25 percent.

The Crown Prince added that the Education Project has grown out of
Bahrain’s experience in learning from the best education systems around the
world. Bahrain was the first country in the Gulf to introduce a public
education system in 1919, and to open education to women in 1928.

The Crown Prince added that the conclusions from the global forum – to
become an annual platform – would help educators worldwide to shape the
future of education and make a difference by implementing outcomes and making
practical changes.

The EDB has overall responsibility for formulating and overseeing the
economic strategy of the Kingdom. Education and training is an important
pillar underpinning Bahrain’s Economic Vision 2030 and National Economic


SOURCE Bahrain Economic Development Board (EDB)

Source: newswire

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