Congress on a Comprehensive Iranian-Islamic Approach to Life Skills
Globally a growing body of evidence suggests that successful performance in school, work and life needs to be supported by a wide range of skills and values, the development of which should be fostered by education systems
Developing tailored educational content based on the needs of the individuals and their society and having creative learning techniques in schools have the utmost importance in educating students.
In a joint collaboration between the Ministry of Education and UNICEF Iran Office, 80 Iranian education experts representing the different deputies of the Ministry of Education attended a one day congress on a comprehensive Iranian-Islamic approach to life skills in Tehran on 18th February. Globally a growing body of evidence suggests that successful performance in school, work and life needs to be supported by a wide range of skills and values, the development of which should be fostered by education systems.
In his remarks in the opening ceremony of the congress, advisor to the Minister of Education and the Head of Center for International Affairs and Schools Abroad, Dr Gholamreza Karimi, said: “in today’s world, educational developments, including educational content and approaches, are changing rapidly to meet the students’ needs. In Iran, we should examine how and through which approaches our students receive basic education in schools and see whether such education fits the needs of the society and the required skills to enter the labor market.”
Dr Karimi acknowledged the efforts of the national educational system to include several life skills programmes into the educational curricular and added: “developing tailored educational content based on the needs of the individuals and their society and having creative learning techniques in schools have the utmost importance in educating students.” Referring to the economic growth opportunities, Dr Karimi stated: “Evidence suggests that incorporating relevant life skills education in the education system has the potential to increase the national GDP up to 10%.”
In his remarks on the congress, UNICEF Representative in Iran, Dr Will Parks, said: “In its value statement, Iran’s Fundamental Reform Document of Education puts special emphasis on four components: accountability, social participation, collective spirit and teaching the skills needed by society. It also highlights the importance of nurturing entrepreneurship, acquisition of effective general vocational skills and artistic qualifications for acquiring productive jobs. Through this workshop and beyond, UNICEF expresses its readiness to continue to support the Ministry of Education in achieving national priorities.”
Today, children, youth and all learners in the Middle East and North Africa region face unprecedented challenges in terms of learning, employment and social cohesion, aggravated by a context of conflict. For this reason, the increasing numbers of education opportunities in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have yet to translate into economic growth. The one day congress on a comprehensive Iranian-Islamic approach to life skills was held in the Ministry of Education’s Shahid Bahonar complex in Tehran on 18 February focusing on an Iranian-Islamic approach to life skills in the national educational system.