School2030 programme presented at Escola Fontes Pereira de Melo

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The Aga Khan Foundation's Schools2030 programme was presented on Wednesday at the Escola Secundária Fontes Pereira de Melo. The meeting was attended by the Councillor for Education of the City of Porto who highlighted the importance of the initiative, focusing on the sustained improvement of education, from early childhood to secondary education, carried out with educational agents from 10 countries. Also present at the initiative was the Aga Khan Foundation's Director of Education, Alexandra Marques.

"The partnership that the Municipality of Porto recently signed with the Aga Khan Portugal Foundation aims to promote the development of cooperative relationships, namely in the fields of intervention and community and institutional training, work with young people, education and child care, diversity and gender equality and participatory processes for planning and intervention with the senior population", said Fernando Paulo. He added that "Porto aims to be a city of learning, personal and collective growth. A city of education”.

Only through concerted action among all educational agents will it be possible to create a community and a constructive, thinking, questioning, intervening school that anticipates challenges and encourages social change.

Schools2030 is an action research programme in education, structured in a 10-year longitudinal approach, which takes place between 2020 and 2030 in Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Pakistan, Portugal, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Tanzania and Uganda, with the objective of achieving the improvement of the quality of global and local education for equity and inclusion, contributing to the achievement of SDG4 - Quality Education.

The focus of the research, monitored by scientific partners (in the case of Porto, the Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Porto) will be the transition years between the levels of education and teaching, namely the five, 10 and 15 years.