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‘I believe in you!’ Comprehensive new Vision-Book on Education launched

“Focusing on the learning power of children”

8 May 2009, Paramaribo, Suriname –   A new comprehensive vision on Education was launched today in the form of a beautiful book titled ‘I believe in you!’ The book was created in a joint effort between the Ministry of Education and Community Development, the Flemish Association for Aid and Development and UNICEF, and compiles lessons learned from numerous models and efforts to improve the education system in previous years. 

The vision is clear: the class, the school, the school environment and the national policy all need to be focused on strengthening the learning power of children. All children with al their different talents and challenges should feel empowered to learn. Therefore the title ‘I believe in you!’ 

The book is not only comprehensive because it takes the best out of different theories and practices on education reform tried in Suriname. It is also comprehensive because it took into account the dreams, positive experiences and opinions of the people ‘in the field’: trough workshops including even the most remote districts, teachers, school leaders and people otherwise involved in education were asked to contribute their vision. All this knowledge and expertise has been shaped into a colorful hard-cover book designed with pictures of diverse Surinamese artwork. Interviews, quotes and theory on the process of learning are interspaced with stories and pictures. It makes it an inspirational book that everybody wants to have!

The good news is that the book will be available for everyone involved in education to have.

Mr. E Wolf, the minister of education, stated that student focused education is more fun, effective and challenging. “Learning should be the responsibility of the child, the parents, the teacher, the community, the government, and the minister.”

I believe in you!’ means dreaming en daring, thinking, doing and mainly persisting to the dream.  For that reason not only words, but also actions have to be taken to improve the educational system within the country. To guide the process of improvement of education, dissemination of the book will be coupled with a training program through the whole country, so all users will be able to get the most out of it.

For more information:
Maggie Schmeitz, mschmeitz@unicef.org, UNICEF Suriname
Tamar Hahn, thahn@unicef.org, UNICEF Latin America and Caribbean


UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence.  The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS.  UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments.


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