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Official Closing Remarks By H. E. Mr Xin Shunkang, Ambassador of the People's Republic of China to the Republic of Namibia, at the occasion of the 2015 Quality Education Platform

Director of Proceedings,

Members of Parliament,

Dr. Jean-Pierre Ilboudo, Head of Office and Representative to Namibia, UNESCO Windhoek National Office,

Members of the diplomatic corps,

Deputy Permanent Secretaries,

Regional Education Directors,

Members of the Academic Community,

Invited distinguished guests,

Members of the media,

Ladies and Gentlemen.

I am quite honoured, as Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the Republic of Namibia, to officially close this important 2015 Quality Education Platform, organized by UNESCO, in collaboration with the Namibian Government and the University of Namibia.

First of all, let me say, congratulations! It has been a long week of deliberations and I am glad to see that your active participation has made the Platform talks fruitful.

Quality Education is a very important topic and the different subthemes that you have been discussing the past week are all vital to quality learning outcomes: literacy, language, early learning, educator’s professional development and ICTs in education.

On behalf of the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the donor of the CFIT (Chinese Funds-in-Trust) project in Namibia, I want to extend my congratulations to all implementing partners for the many achievements the project has to show. The overall project aims to enhance quality teachers in Namibia, as teachers play a critical role in nourishing a sense of excitement towards learning as a lifelong process. Quality teachers contribute towards building citizens of the future with enquiring minds.

I am happy to hear that you have launched the second important report of the action research initiative yesterday. This is a huge achievement, and everybody’s contributions to this are to be applauded.

This platform is another very important achievement of the project. Multiple stakeholders are involved in education, and to come to recommendations for progress, as you have done now, it is necessary to have all the different voices in the room.

As representative of the People’s Republic of China, I am happy to see that you focused on the opportunities and challenges of integrating ICTs in teaching and learning this morning. Considering the exemplary role of China when it comes to technology, we consider this a very important focus. We need to understand the important role that ICTs can play in the delivery of equitable and quality lifelong learning opportunities. Technology makes the world more easily accessible for all of us.

The Chinese government has been accelerating progress towards Quality Education for All in Africa through, among others, its partnership with UNESCO. Namibia is one of the first countries to implement this particular support with the project “Capacity Development for Quality in Pre and Lower Primary Teacher Education in Namibia”, under the Funds-in-Trust agreement between UNESCO and the People’s Republic of China.

As we are at the beginning of implementing a new international education agenda as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, let us take the outcomes of the discussions and all recommendations as a starting point of this new commitment.

I wish to thank UNESCO, for successfully organizing this important conference, for bringing the education community together, and for providing technical expertise. The international community entrusted UNESCO, with a renewed commitment, as the leading UN agency for advancing the 2030 education agenda.

I also want to thank all of you, the presenters and the participants, for your significant contributions to all the discussions, and for your hard work during this conference.

Thank you very much!

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