[size=36]The text of Al-Kazemi's speech during the Education Transformation Summit[/size]
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Al-Kazemi said in a speech he delivered during the Education Transformation Summit, which was held in parallel with the work of the United Nations General Assembly in its 77th session: Thanks to their Excellencies, heads of delegations of the participating countries for discussing the most important issues and challenges facing the educational sector.
He added, "It is a great honor for me to represent my country, Iraq, the cradle of civilizations, where the first writings and laws to organize people's lives," noting that "in the last century, Iraq witnessed a pioneering educational renaissance in the region, and it was a beacon in the field of education through its scientific institutions, and the decline of Illiteracy is at its lowest level, but after two devastating wars, economic sanctions followed by another war, and a change to the totalitarian regime, and the accompanying social, economic and political crises, education in Iraq has deteriorated dramatically.
He pointed out that "in the democratic era, Iraq was keen to develop and strengthen the educational system in the country, as the new Iraqi constitution organized the general educational and educational policy, and emphasized the right of the individual to education and its obligation in its primary stages, and its free at all stages," explaining that "the government of Iraq has taken Urgent and qualitative measures in light of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, as we sought to support self-learning and distance education tools through electronic platforms and portals, to shift to an integrated digitization that includes educational curricula.
And he indicated, "The Government of Iraq renews its commitment to implementing the objectives of the National Strategy for Education, Public and Higher Education for the year 2030, the most important of which is increasing the enrollment rate in schools to reach 100 percent, improving the quality of public and higher education, and enhancing skills in accordance with the requirements of the labor market, and economic development," stressing “We sought to ensure a sustainable financing model for the education sector, increase the education sector’s share of government expenditures to reach (4.5%) of GDP, increase government investment in education from (7%) for the current year to (10%) for the year 2031, and create A special item in the state's general budget for financing the projects of the "Development and Qualification of Education Transformation Projects".
He continued, "We meet today in pursuit of the fourth goal of sustainable development, "quality education", which you emphasized in your comprehensive vision entitled "Our Common Agenda", noting that "our government has adopted a comprehensive national program aimed at reducing the gaps between the educated in terms of gender and people with disabilities. Special Needs, Displacement and Poverty by 2030.
He explained, "We believe in the need to invest in the field of education, and accordingly we launched a campaign to build hundreds of schools in the various governorates of Iraq, as well as facilitate tasks for building universities and colleges," noting that "Iraq calls on the international community to support its own vision regarding the "Education Transformation Program" in the technical fields. Training of cadres, digital transformation, and rehabilitation of infrastructure, and we seek to enhance cooperation and exchange experiences in all areas of education development.