The National Catholic Education Commission has welcomed the launch of the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration, a new set of goals for Australia's education system endorsed by the nation's education ministers.
At a meeting in Alice Springs yesterday, the COAG Education Council endorsed a new set of goals that focus on foundational areas of literacy, numeracy and discipline-based learning, the Canberra Times reports.
"This Mparntwe Declaration ensures all governments, our school systems and tertiary institutions are on the same page when it comes to what Australians expect from their education," federal Education Minister Dan Tehan said in a statement yesterday.
The NCEC said the declaration establishes two specific goals for the education system – to promote excellence and equity and to ensure all young Australians become confident and creative individuals and successful lifelong learners.
In a statement, the NCEC said the document strongly supports all educator sectors – secular and faith-based – which reflects the large number of Australian families who have chosen and invested heavily in faith-based schools.
One in three of Australia’s 3.9 million students attend faith-based schools and, of that cohort, 60 per cent are in Australia’s 1746 Catholic schools.
“That is why the Education Declaration, which updates the 2008 Melbourne Declaration, is so important,” National Catholic Education Commission executive director Jacinta Collins said.
“I congratulate all education ministers for signing on to these important educational goals which reflect a strong desire to improve academic standards and add more rigour to the curriculum. I am pleased that the critical role of early childhood education has been acknowledged and urge the Australian Government to extend that learning opportunity to all three-year-olds.
“Reinforcing the importance of literacy and numeracy will be welcome by families and educators along with the need to strive for deep content knowledge and develop critical thinking skills.”
Ministers endorse new education goals (Canberra Times)