Global Education Commission has chosen Malawi as a pioneer country for the Learning Generation Program, President Peter Mutharika said after meeting Commisioner for International Commission on Global Education Opportunity, Jakaya Kikwete on Thursday.
Kikwete, a former president of Tanzania, met Mutharika at Kamuzu Palace in Lilingwe Malawi in his capacity as commissioner for the education commission.
“Malawi under my administration places education at the core of our social and development agenda,” Mutharika said.
He said the meeting with Kikwete “yielded good news”, saying he Global Education Commission has chosen Malawi as a pioneer country for the Learning Generation Program.
“This is an initiative that brings a paradigm shift towards better service delivery as far as quality education for all is concerned.
“We will not rest up until every child is in school and attaining quality education. We will not tire up until education standards at primary, secondary and tertiary levels reach desirable thresholds to spur our development fully,” said Mutharika.
Mutharika acknowledged that education is the key to development and good future of any nation, saying: “Education is a tool for creating the future of any society. Our destiny and the destiny of our children, lies in what we do in education today.”
In his remarkas, Kikwete as warned of massive job losses in developing countries if they do not improve their education system.
“The job market will require people with high levels of skills,so if people from low-income countries won’t acquire these skills, they will be greatly affected.”
He also urged developed countries to intervene in education financing, saying the countries are too poor to fund certain things in the education sector.