Glossary Term

Quality education

Understanding of what "quality" means may vary between contexts, and different actors may have their own definitions. Broadly, quality education encompasses seven characteristics.

  1. Rights-based: Quality education is accessible, equitable, protective, participatory, non-discriminatory, and inclusive of all people.
  2. Contextualized and relevant: Education systems address the needs of the learners by using culturally and linguistically relevant learning materials.
  3. Holistic development of learners: Quality education promotes cognitive development, social and emotional skills, mental health and psychosocial wellbeing, values of responsible citizenship, economic sustainability, and peacebuilding.
  4. Teaching and learning: Teachers receive adequate compensation and relevant training so that they understand pedagogic content and have the knowledge and skills they need to support learners’ holistic development.
  5. Enabling resources: Quality education includes adequate and relevant resources for teaching and learning and fosters links between the resources available in the learning environment, home, and community to improve holistic learning outcomes.
  6. Learning outcomes: Quality education allows learners to develop the necessary knowledge, skills, and competencies to meet certification requirements, progress through the education system, and access lifelong learning opportunities.
  7. Learning continuity: Quality education provides sustained learning opportunities across the humanitarian-development-peacebuilding nexus.