Varkey Foundation launches first Global Parents Survey report

Vikas Pota, Chief Executive of The Varkey Foundation

Vikas Pota, Chief Executive of The Varkey Foundation

The Varkey Foundation has today (9th March 2018) released the findings of its first Global Parents Survey in which it polled almost 27,500 parents in 29 countries across the world. Parents were asked a series of questions about their children’s education, what they think of schools, what their priorities would be for education, and how well they think their children are prepared for 2030 – the theme of the Global Education & Skills Forum 2018.

The headlines are:

Parents across the world have high confidence in the quality of teaching their child receives – with 78% saying it is good or better – but are less confident in the overall quality of free to attend schools in their country, with just 45% saying they’re good.

Half (50%) of parents listed either more teachers or better pay for existing teachers as being among their top priorities. Parents recognise that teachers are the most important part of what makes a good school.

Most parents – 64% – do think schools are preparing children well for the future, but only 40% think university is important. Parents’ worries are more about their child’s economic prospects than global threats such as climate change or terrorism.

Parents in emerging markets spend far more time helping their child with their education out of school than parents in established economies. Most parents, particularly younger ones, are in favour of a pluralist approach to where and how their children are educated, including who runs their children’s schools.

As the Chief Executive of the Varkey Foundation, I take a lot of heart from these findings. Parents are positive about the value that teachers play for their children, and recognise that they are the top priority if we are seeking to improve education. It is also good to see that most parents think their children are prepared for the future“, commented Vikas POta, CEO of The Varkey Foundation, “however, it is concerning that parents don’t always think the schools in their country are as good as they need to be, and that the past ten years of frenetic activity by governments, civil society and donors hasn’t necessarily driven improvement. The Varkey Foundation will continue to pursue its objectives of building the status and capacity of the teaching profession.”

Click here to read the Global Parents Survey Report

About the Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF)

The sixth annual Global Education and Skills Forum (GESF), held under the patronage of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, will focus on the theme of ‘How do we prepare young people for the world of 2030 and beyond?’

GESF 2018, a Varkey Foundation initiative, to be staged at The Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai on Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 March 2018, will once again have leading figures from the public, private, social, entertainment and sports sectors in attendance.  Widely referred to as ‘the Davos of Education’, the GESF will debate new ways for education to transform our world.

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