The EFA Global monitoring report published by UNESCO in 2005 focused on the quality of education and stated that the role of education is to encourage learner’s creative and emotional development, support the objective of peace citizenship and security, promote equality and pass global and local cultural values down to the future generation.
‘Learning: the treasure within’ report to UNESCO by the international commission on educational quality saw education to be based on
- Learning to know
- Learning to do
- Learning to live
- Learning to be
It acknowledges that learners build their knowledge by combining indigenous and external elements, focus on practical application, imbibe critical life skills and develop proficiency needed to achieve full potential.
Quality school education fosters the development of innate qualities in an individual and strives to synchronize the rhythm of an individual’s life with the rhythm of the society which forms the building block or foundation for personal growth.
Education today, however, equates learning to the ability of a student to recall, reproduce and replicate. This is a far cry from either the indian guru ‘shishya parampara’ which gave emphasis on receiving knowledge, its assimilation and use in real life or alternatively to the needs of the competitive global community we live in today.
The current scenario ignores the fact that each student is different and has his/her own pace of learning. Education needs to prepare our students for a world of tomorrow that is growing smaller by the day, its challenges, inter cultural experiences, interactions and dynamic global ethos. Unfortunately though, the education instead of being rich, constructive, interactive and creative has become monotonous and mechanical.
Kunskapsskolan Educational Program (KED) was conceptualized in 1999 in Sweden in a bid to meet this challenge. The KED program focuses on personalised education, individualised goals and creates students who
take responsibility and ownership of their learning. This lays the foundation for a lifetime of learning as students develop the confidence that comes from setting high academic goals, consistently planning how to meet
them, and ultimately achieving more than they thought possible.
The Kunskapsskolan schools are among the leading schools of Sweden and the success of its KED Program can be judged not only by students’ performance being higher than the Swedish national average, but also by the growth of KED schools across international boundaries. Currently, over 100 KED schools and KED inspired schools are operational across Sweden, UK, the Netherlands, India, USA and the Middle East. The schools follow the curriculum of each country and grade student performance according to national standards.
The international alliance of schools operating and being inspired by the KED Program spans the following countries:
- The Netherlands
- The Middle East
Kunskapsskolan’s organization places a strong emphasis on pedagogical and conceptual development that involves both the teachers in our schools and resources in our centralized centers of excellence.
Our research and development units for curriculum development, Learning Portal development,engagement , organizational structure and IT are the core functions for the continuous advancement of the educational program and are the common centers of excellence for all schools.