The British Council hosted a 2-day international conference on ‘Delivering Quality Assurance for Schools’ in Kathmandu on 17&18 November 2016.
Sustainable Development Goal 4 confronts leaders in education policy and practice all over the world with the challenge of ensuring ‘inclusive and equitable quality education for all’.
Attended by education policy makers, administrators and practitioners from across South Asia and beyond to this conference to try and answer this question, they shared examples of effective practice and developed deeper understanding of how to improve school quality assurance systems within the context of their own countries.
Quality assurance systems from the UK was showcased in keynote speeches from Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Children’s Services and Skills, and Dr John Laird, Her Majesty’s Inspector, Education Scotland.
The conference was opened by Minister of Education Dhaniram Poudel. On the occasion he expressed his thanks and added that the Nepal Government is working towards the development of the educational sector specially schools with national and international support.
According to a press release issued by the British Council, the Education Act had been amended for the eight time and from this year Nepal Government has introduced the school improvement programme. The main objective of the programme is to increase the reach and provide quality education for students of Nepal.
For quality education Nepal Government has introduced Educational Quality Testing Centers and programs according to National Qualification. The government has been supporting the “Connecting Classroom Project” of British Council Nepal with the hope that Nepali students can learn from the best schools from around the world. And finally he wanted to acknowledge the 200 years of relationship of British and Nepal at the occasion.
Michelle Potts, the British Council’s Director of Education for South Asia on the occasion said, “We very much welcome the support of Hon. Minister for Education in attending the conference personally and the engagement of his collogues from the Ministry in the full two days. This demonstrates that the Ministry is passionate about providing quality education for children in Nepal”
The British Council Nepal is pleased to welcome delegates from Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Taiwan, Sudan and the UK.