Human Development Studies » Education

One of the top challenges facing the Islamic world today is education and skills development, which are the fundamental building blocks for reducing poverty and inequality, improving people’s prosperity and health, as well as ensuring sustainable development and sustaining peace of society. According to the Education Index (2018), which is a component of UNDP Human Development Index, almost half of OIC member states fall under category of low development in education, 16 under medium development, 12 under high development and only one under category of very high development in education. For that reason, educational achievements are considered among important indicators for measuring national development of OIC member states.

Failures in education threats young people in OIC area to face the prospect of lost opportunity and lower wages in later carrier. Moreover, fast-advancing digital technology is generating new skill demands and lifelong learning needs, thus creating additional challenges to both national education systems and individuals. To address these challenges, the OIC-2025 Programme of Action aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels and promote life-long learning opportunities that advance knowledge and skills needed for gainful employment, entrepreneurship, innovation and sustainable development”.

The future development agenda of OIC member states should recognize the central role of education and clearly set more education-related targets. In this regard, equitable access to quality education should be provided for all, at any stage of life. Nevertheless, initial and continuous teacher training should regularly be conducted to help teachers cope with the changing demands and realities of transforming societies, thus improve performance of education system. The OIC member states should also be encouraged to develop education systems that are more responsive to the needs of the economy and labour market. For that to happen, harmonization of employment policies with education system is crucial. Towards this direction, the Centre prepares various research and activities to promote educational outcomes in OIC member countries.