Author’s Note: This is not politics as usual. This is a summary of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal on Quality Education.
What is Quality Education? Some interpretations define this as a right of every child being born right now, and it is guaranteed in International Law.
Quality education is a dynamic concept. It evolves with time and is subject to social, economic and environmental conditions. However, international human rights law provides a general legal framework that guarantees quality education.
Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights – and the main treaties that guarantee the right to education – have defined the aims of education which impact on the content of education, teaching and learning processes and materials, the learning environment and learning outcomes. Not only that: According to the same article, “Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms”.
But this is a problem, in Sub-Saharan Africa. In the Philippines? I guess the quality is improving, thanks to the K-12 and the transfer of some universities of their opening of school to August to accommodate foreign students. Even though some parents and students hate it, and their argument is “Why add two more years to the education system? Surely it’s a waste of time and money”, “dapat kolehiyo na kami kung hindi dahil sa K-12 na yan”. But, it’s the harsh truth, because before this program was implemented by DepEd, our country and Burma was the last two countries in the ASEAN to have a K-10 program. But now, let’s see where this goes. And it’s a long ride, because there are groups in opposition to them, including the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan, because they cannot brainwash students into believing their lies about Martial Law (for more of this brainwashing technique, see my reflection on this topic.)