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Culture of Excellence

 

 

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H Institute Award for Excellence in Education

 

 

 

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Application ended for the 2019 Excellence Award. ———- Clôture des inscriptions au Prix d’Excellence 2019.
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Culture of Excellence

Maintaining a value life in our fast changing world requires us to intuitively drive for excellence in our thoughts and actions…
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Culture of Excellence
We live in a fast changing world where new and unprecedented demands are constantly being imposed on various aspects of our life. This considerably dynamic state is especially reflected in the job market where new jobs with novel requirements keep being invented, or where institutions suddenly find themselves in need of restructuring or reconsidering some or all of their operations, or even where all new types of institutions get created. Our era thus requires novel ways of getting people prepared for the emerging requirements at all levels, hence new concepts of education and educational institutions, but especially a mindset that can readily adapt itself to efficiently meet any challenge or new demand, and that allows a person to quickly bring oneself up to speed in novel directions. The culture of excellence can best bring about such a mindset.
The culture of excellence is about a sustained inner conviction, an intuitive drive, to always aim for excellence in any thought or action, pursue that aim with passion, enthusiasm, grit, tenacity, and perseverance, and get it optimally realized. At the institutional level, the culture of excellence is about having shared vision and values that willingly and collaboratively engage all members of the institution to passionately and optimally fulfill collectively defined and sought after purposes. This culture is about productivity and progressiveness, about continuously raising the bar in, and bringing added value to, everything the institution is about. It is about valuing uncommon performance and achievement, and reaching passing but not enduring satisfaction when getting them accomplished.
The culture of excellence is somewhat reflected within an institution in the following respects:

  • A realistic and functional governance is in place that precisely sets patterns of excellence aimed for at all structural and operational levels, and that clearly lays out the institution’s internal structure and external relations, and explicitly stipulates how various members need to interact, use available resources, and carry out various operations in order to bring about, to the highest possible standards, well-defined products and/or services.
  • All members, from top executives to regular personnel, convincingly embrace a common vision for what the institution is about, and how it should go about realizing that vision.
  • All members act with the spirit of common ownership of the institution, and are thus intrinsically motivated, dedicated and committed to make the institution succeed in everything it is about, and ready and flexible to heed and meet any challenge or new demand.
  • All members understand that the success of the institution depends on each one of them and the way they interact with each other, and that they need to constantly, and openly and respectfully, communicate with each other to bring about a certain level of consensus and common understanding of what it takes to achieve what they are after, and subsequently ensure smooth implementation of collective ideas.
  • All members continuously empower themselves and each other to achieve their common goals as best as possible, and to keep enhancing the quality and nature of their achievements.
  • All members seek optimal efficiency in all operations, avoid any stalemate or stagnation, and sustain lean structure and operations with no deadwood, and no superfluous or redundant operations or human or physical resources.
  • Executives and managers are role models who avoid making and enforcing top-down decisions, give voice to regular personnel, inspire them to perform as best as they can, motivate them to keep improving and work around any possible deficiency, and attend to their emotional and other needs.
  • Nobody, from executives to regular personnel, resigns to higher level people, or feels at ease or satisfied by letting others take decisions for them, and no one imposes barriers or divides among people or departments.
  • An efficient and criteria-based mechanism is in place for constant monitoring and evaluation of all operations, and timely feedback for all personnel, in order to sustain and drive forward productive performance and good achievement, avoid any disruption, meet any challenge, and smoothly take on any new direction.
  • Necessary provisions are made for continuous professional development, growth, and enhancement of the welfare and well-being of every member.
  • A transparent and equitable valuation scheme is in place that duly rewards any person with a creative mind, distinguished achievement and ethical conduct, that holds accountable anyone with quality or ethical issues, and that ensures retention of good performers and improvers and dismissal of those who refuse to timely work around their problems.
  • All members feel proud to belong to the institution and happy and enthusiastic to work there, and are satisfied with the work conditions, compensation and benefits they receive.
  • Efficient scheme and mechanism are in place for ensuring constructive interaction with the community, forging productive partnerships with other institutions, and building up mutual trust with all concerned individuals and bodies outside the institution.
  • All those served by, and dealing with, the institution are satisfied with their experience with it, and all products and/or services it delivers actually are reliable, meet the expectations and aspirations of concerned people within and outside the institution, and keep improving.

All these excellence aspects and more are realized when an institution is systemically organized according to our Excellence Standards, and every one of its members is empowered with our 4P Profile.

H Institute Award for Excellence in Education

An award to recognize educators with commitment to excellence in their schools and communities…

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H Institute Award for Excellence in Education
Engraining the culture of excellence in society begins in, and is sustained through, education. That is why we, at H Institute, have a special commitment to education and a special respect to educators with significant achievement on the road of excellence. Our “Award for Excellence in Education” has been instituted in 2017 to recognize such educators. In 2019, the Award honors intermediate and secondary school teachers in Lebanon committed to excellence in their daily practice, and especially in their drive to empower students for success in life. The Award will subsequently honor teachers of all educational levels, as well as other educators, in Lebanon and additional countries.

About Us

H Institute is a non-profit research and development organization committed to engraining the Culture of Excellence in society. It brings together highly dedicated and well-recognized professionals who live and work with heartiness (devotion and bravery), honor – and honors –, honesty, and humility, on top of other values that make up the Institute value system.
We take pride in working closely with other institutions, public or private, that serve for-profit or not-for-profit purposes, and that share with us the same commitment to excellence in various sectors of society, especially the educational and cultural sectors.

Our People

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Our People
H Institute brings together a select number of accomplished professionals, many of whom with long years of multi-national experience and renowned expertise. They are committed to conduct their lives and pursue the vision of the Institute to engrain the culture of excellence in society with heartiness (devotion and bravery), honor – and honors –, honesty, and humility, on top of other values that make up the Institute value system.

Our Goals

To implement well-defined excellence standards through special programs…

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Our Goals
H Institute pursues its vision by encouraging institutions, especially those in the educational and cultural sectors, to be systemically organized according to the Institute Excellence Standards. Those standards have been set, and will constantly be evaluated and refined, based on field research and practice. Their implementation is made possible by various products developed and services delivered by the Institute.

Our Value System

We all abide by a value system that commands all our thoughts and actions…

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Our Value System
H Institute is guided in all its actions by a value system that commands its members to respect and conform in practice to the following array of values:

  1. Human values that revolve around the acknowledgment of the inherent worth and rights of individual human beings.
  2. Moral values that revolve around the devotion to truth and righteousness.
  3. Altruistic sentimental values that revolve around the commitment to rise above selfishness.
  4. Valorous values that revolve around the determination for exemplary conduct.
  5. Aesthetic values that revolve around the appreciation of inherent and apparent beauty.
  6. Rational values that revolve around the transcendence of reason.
  7. Ethical values that revolve around the dedication to professionalism and productivity.
  8. Social values that revolve around the constructive engagement in society.
  9. Cultural values that revolve around the treasuring of cultural diversity.
  10. Ecological values that revolve around the compassion toward nature.

Education First

Education is critical for engraining & sustaining excellence in society…

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Education First
Engraining the culture of excellence in society begins in, and is sustained through, education. That is why we, at H Institute, have a special commitment to education. That commitment is translated into our efforts to reform educational curricula so that they empower students of all levels for lifelong learning and success and excellence in life, and not for just passing school or large scale exams. It is also translated in various programs developed for continuous professional development and special intervention, and tailored to the needs of teachers and other educators whose institutions are interested in adopting our excellence standards and sustaining the performance of their members accordingly.

Partnership
Become our partner institution by adopting our excellence standards…
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Partnership
We, at H Institute, consider all institutions that adopt, and work for, our Excellence Standards as our partners, and we recognize them as such in all possible and affordable means. We work closely with those institutions to make our products and services meet optimally their actual needs. In the process, we benefit from our experience with them for the continuous refinement of everything we are about and do. At all times, we rely on each other’s resources, and we strive, to the affordable limits, to grant those institutions the support they might need.
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Sponsorship
Be recognized for your commitment to excellence by sponsoring any of our programs…
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Sponsorship
Partners and other institutions often support our drive for excellence by sponsoring any of our programs, and thus widening and strengthening the impact that these programs can have on society. Sponsors can benefit in special ways from our programs, and are duly recognized while deploying the programs of their choice. They may also be included in our public list of sponsors, and their logos may be appropriately posted on our website and in public events related to those programs, which would help boosting their image in society.
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Systemism for Excellence

We, at H Institute, believe that the Culture of Excellence must be institutionalized in order to be engrained in society, and that systemism must prevail in an institution to thrive with excellence. An institution is governed by systemism, or is systemically organized, when it is consciously and purposefully structured and operated as a system of interacting elements all dedicated to serve collectively sought after purposes.

Systems

A system consists of interacting elements that serve specific purposes…

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Systems
A system consists of interacting members or elements that all contribute to, and affect, the state and performance of the system. A system can be natural (e.g., an atom, a human body, a forest, a solar system) or human-made; the latter can be, among others, physical (e.g., a house, a school, a computer, a factory) or conceptual (e.g., a narrative text, an economic model, a mathematical model, a scientific theory).
Every system is governed by broad paradigmatic premises and serves specific purposes within a given domain. It functions or operates in interaction with a particular environment (unless isolated) so as to bring about specific outcomes. The environment that affects and is affected by the system can be divided or graded in two levels of influence, local and global. Local or immediate environment includes everyone and everything outside the system that are served and affected by that system and/or that affect it the most. Global or distant environment includes everyone and everything outside the system that are not necessarily served by that system and that may somewhat affect it and be affected by it.

Systemic institutions

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Systemic institutions
In a systemic institution, all members, i.e., all those who work there, constantly share ideas, cooperate with each other, and empower each other in the spirit of common responsibility about the success and evolution of the institution and the well-being of all its members.
The management is there not to dictate and oversee the execution of top-down commands, but to moderate communication among members about the goals, strategy and processes of the institution, to coordinate and facilitate efficient interaction among them, with proper and timely feedback, for the implementation of ideas they come about all together, to infuse intrinsic motivation and foster self-regulation and continuous skill and knowledge development (lifelong learning), and to ensure that all members are treated with fairness and equity and duly recognized for their accomplishments.
An institution always serves specific purposes for specific communities, by generating specific products or providing specific services to those communities. When systemically organized, the institution constantly interacts with those communities (local environment), as well as with neighboring and distant communities that may somehow affect the institution and/or the communities it serves (global environment).
Systemic institutions can be anywhere in any given society. They spread from the household to education and various other sectors of the society.

Systemic schools

In a systemic school, students and educators exchange ideas about the curriculum…

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Systemic schools
A school is a system that consists of all students who attend that school, all those who work there to ensure proper education for those students (teachers, administrators, technicians, and all other personnel), as well as all physical resources available on campus (grounds, buildings, facilities, equipment, tools, etc.). Students, like teachers, contribute their share of ideas about the curriculum and daily school operations, including teaching, learning and assessment, and actively participate in the implementation of those ideas. All school members are responsible and accountable, though to various degrees, of the outcomes. The school local environment includes student parents, educational and other local agencies and authorities the school depends of or relies upon, and various suppliers and service providers. The school global environment includes, among others, the overall socio-economic and political climate that affects the community that the school serves, and all schools and professional organizations and education-related bodies which the school can benefit from, and that may be in the school territory or anywhere else in the world.

Systemic factories

In a systemic factory, employees and executives exchange ideas about operations…

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Systemic factories
Similarly, a factory is a system that consists of all human resources, from regular personnel at the bottom of the wage scale, to managers and top executives, as well as of all available physical resources. All members contribute their ideas about the factory products and processes, including the ways it is being managed and its employees are being evaluated, and they actively and responsibly participate in the implementation of those ideas. The factory’s local environment includes its suppliers and service providers, its customers, from distributors to consumers, its shareholders and partners, governmental agencies and other authorities overseeing, or interested in, its products, operations, and the welfare of its employees. The factory’s global environment includes, among others, all similar factories and professional bodies it can benefit from, as well as various factors that affect consumers that the factory serves, especially those factors revealed by reliable research and market indicators.

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Excellence Standards

Institutions of all types and scales are somewhat systemic in their own ways. Their members interact with each other, but often under top-down hierarchies, to serve specific purposes defined by top executives. H Institute assists institutions that look to actively engage all members in decision making and empowering each other for passionately serving collectively defined purposes. Such systemic picture is best achieved when institutions are organized according to a coherent and efficient system schema that respects well-defined excellence standards, and when they are being run, at all levels, by systemic people with a 4P profile.

System schema

A systemic institution is organized according to a six-dimensional system schema…

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System schema
A systemic institution is organized in accordance with a six-dimensional system schema that specifies the institution’s framework, scope, structure, ecology, operation and outcomes.

  1. The framework of a systemic institution consists of all premises (assumptions, principles, value system, etc. that are often spelled out in a charter) and strategic choices that guide the specification and reification of all other five dimensions.
  2. The scope of a systemic institution specifies its domain, or operation field or area, and its function, or the specific purposes it serves in that field or area.
  3. The structure of a systemic institution specifies the living and non living constituents of the institution (system members and elements, or human and physical resources, the latter including everything available on the institution grounds from buildings and facilities to equipment and tools), and how these constituents interact with each other under its governance.
  4. The ecology of a systemic institution specifies all living and non-living agents in its environment (local and global), and how institution and environment interact with each other.
  5. The operation of a systemic institution is about all processes which members are engaged in with each other and with available resources (from buildings to various hard and soft tools) in order to serve the institution purposes following specific rules of engagement.
  6. The outcomes of a systemic institution consist of all actual products and/or services generated by the institution (reified purposes) and made available to the intended recipients in the local environment.

Excellence standards

Excellence standards are defined for each of the six systemic dimensions…

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Excellence standards
H Institute adopts and promotes the following excellence standards about the six systemic dimensions.

  1. Framework excellence: The H Excellence Standards require, among others, that the framework of an institution be comprehensive, transparent, flexible, and reasonable, that it promote progressiveness, profoundness, productivity, and principled thoughts and actions (4P Profile) among the members of the institution, that it foster and sustain growth and excellence at all structural and operational levels, and that each of the five other systemic dimensions be explicitly and coherently specified and implemented in its context.
  2. Scope excellence: The H Excellence Standards require, among others, that the field or area of operation of an institution be well delimited and the function it is supposed to serve be well defined, that area and function be affordable and efficiently servable given the institution structure and operation, and that they be modifiable in line with any possible tactical or strategic changes.
  3. Structural excellence: The H Excellence Standards require, among others, that the governance of an institution be transparent, fair and equitable, that all human and physical resources be specified, and are actually in place, consistently with its scope, that all its members empower each other to bring about and sustain their 4P profile and operate as caring stakeholders, that its executives operate as inspirational leaders and not as top-down decision-makers, and that human resources be engaged in continuous professional development and physical resources subject to continuous enhancement.
  4. Ecological excellence: The H Excellence Standards require, among others, that the local and global environment of an institution be well delimited, that the interaction with various agents in the local environment be well defined, and taking place accordingly, that the mutual impact of institution and environment on each other be constructive and all necessary measures taken to circumvent any negative repercussion, that tracking and feedback mechanisms be in place for the local environment, and that the spirit of partnership reign with all agents in that environment.
  5. Operational excellence: The H Excellence Standards require, among others, that operation and structure of an institution be consistent with each other and that all human and physical resources meet the optimal operation requirements, that all operations be carried out in accordance with the institution governance, that they be subject to continuous evaluation and refinement in accordance with well-defined criteria and performance and quality indicators, and that all necessary measures be taken to preserve the safety and well-being of all members and the security of all physical resources, as well as to protect the environment from any harmful impact.
  6. Outcomes excellence: The H Excellence Standards require, among others, that the outcomes of an institution, be it products or services, meet the needs and expectations of stakeholders and customers as well as adopted standards and quality indicators, that they be efficiently generated and constantly evaluated and refined in terms of the purposes they are meant to serve and the cost of generating them, and that they bring no harm in any respect, but added value intrinsically to the institution and externally to the environment.

The 4P Profile

A systemic person is progressive, profound, productive, and principled…

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The 4P Profile
Systemic institutions involve systemic people at all levels of their hierarchy. A systemic person has a profile with the following four broad traits (4P profile):

  • Progressive mind, i.e., an overall dynamic mindset with a clear vision, insight and foresight, and an inspirational drive for continuous self-regulation, improvement and growth, and determination to heed and constructively meet various needs and challenges of life at the personal, collective and broad ecological levels.
  • Profound knowledge, i.e., a coherent and efficient corpus of knowledge about the field of expertise that is built around a limited number of generic and lean systems and patterns that allow connections to clearly transpire within this field and with other fields, and that readily lend themselves to the systematic and productive development of new knowledge within and outside any field of interest.
  • Productive habits, i.e., generic and efficient mental and motor habits that are systematically, creatively and constructively deployed in familiar and novel situations conceived from systemic perspectives, and that are constantly evaluated, refined, and expanded for continuous profile evolution.
  • Principled affects, i.e., affects that are underlined by a widely and duly acclaimed value system, and that are intuitively enacted for constructive ends in all thoughts and actions, whether concerned with one-self, others, or the physical world around us.

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What We Do

H Institute works to engrain the Culture of Excellence in society primarily through the promotion and institution of its Excellence Standards in various sectors of society, especially the educational and cultural sectors. We go after our goals as a nonprofit research and development organization independently or in collaboration with accomplished professionals and reputable local and international organizations. Through systematic research, we work constantly to refine our standards and adapt them to the actual needs of society, and we develop appropriate programs and resources for their implementation. We assist interested institutions in custom tailoring those programs and resources, and oversee their deployment in ways that allow these institutions to be certified or accredited and empowered to sustain their performance according to those standards.

Research

All our endeavors are research based so as to meet the actual needs of society…

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Research
We, at H Institute, strongly believe that, in order to engrain the Culture of Excellence in society, all our endeavors should be research based so as to meet the actual needs of each sector and institution we serve, and significantly contribute to, and sustain, their development. Our Excellence Standards are based on long years of research that Institute members have been involved in and thorough review of related literature. Our conception of any program or resource, service or product, is based on needs analysis of the target sector or institution, and their subsequent design, development, and deployment in proper settings are grounded in appropriate field research we carry out, often jointly with concerned institutions, and/or reliable research that others have conducted in the field. We systematically monitor the implementation of our standards and the deployment of our programs and resources, and we constantly evaluate them and refine them so as to closely meet the needs and aspirations of all those concerned. We subsequently disseminate our findings so that all interested individuals and bodies could benefit of our research.

Development

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Development
Our standards gain their significance through various programs and resources we develop to help interested individuals and groups excel in their lines of work and study. Some of our programs and resources are community oriented, others, institution oriented.
Community oriented programs and resources are meant to raise the awareness of the general public about the Culture of Excellence and our standards. Institution oriented programs and resources are developed for institutions in specific sector(s). They are often about continuous professional development (CPD) of various members of an institution so that they develop their profiles in line with our 4P Profile, and get empowered to systemically engage in their jobs according to our Excellence Standards.
We conceive our programs and resource specifications in generic blueprints, with an eye on electronic platforms for eventual online delivery. Interested institutions can readily adopt these blueprints, or adapt them to their particular needs. We would then oversee the full development and local implementation of selected programs, and acquisition of appropriate resources, in the manner that suits best each institution.
Certain institutions may be interested in custom designing specific programs and resources to meet specific needs for bringing up or sustaining their organization to our standards. They can then benefit from our special services in this respect.

Services

We Provide a number of services to interested institutions, including schools…

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Services
H Institute can provide, among others, the following services to interested institutions, schools and universities included:

  1. Certification or Accreditation in the manner discussed under Certification, Accreditation & Sustainability.
  2. Conception and supervision of tailored programs for maintaining staff performance to the level of our Excellence Standards.
  3. Establishment of monitoring and feedback systems for sustaining and advancing excellence at all systemic levels.
  4. Organization of customized seminars, training sessions and workshops, or any other means of intervention, for excellence-driven professional development in specific areas of interest.
  5. Consultancy on various systemic aspects at excellence-driven institutions.
  6. Garnering support to excellence-dedicated activities with direct community impact.
  7. Providing various excellence driven services under short-term or long-term contracts.

Certification

An institution that adopts our Excellence Standards may be certified or accredited…

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Certification, Accreditation & Sustainability
An institution that adopts, and operates according to, our Excellence Standards becomes a partner institution. Upon its request, and following our experts’ evaluation on the ground, the institution may be awarded an appropriate “Certificate of Conformity” to our standards. Under certain conditions, an educational institution may also be awarded an H Institute “Accreditation”. Certified and accredited institutions benefit from our programs and resources, especially CPD related, in order to sustain their members’ performance at the level of our standards. Individuals who successfully complete any of our programs or training sessions may also be duly certified or accredited. Periodic monitoring and needs analysis are conducted by our experts at various partner institutions in order to recommend appropriate sustainability measures, and subsequently provide necessary assistance to pursue such measures.

Initiatives
Attending to particular needs in a given sector sometimes requires joint initiatives…

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Initiatives
Engraining the Culture of Excellence in society requires the concerted efforts of many dedicated individuals and institutions. That is why, we maintain an open dialogue with such people and bodies about everything we work for and actually do, and we seek common platforms for action and cooperation. Such platforms may take the form of particular initiatives dedicated to a particular sector in a given community, but that can be replicated to other sectors and/or communities. Our first initiative that shows our special commitment to education has been CARE, the Coalition for Authentic Reform of Education that has been originally launched in Lebanon and that may eventually get underway in other countries.

CARE
CARE is a coalition of stakeholders in education who seek authentic reform…
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CARE
Lebanon
Coalition for Authentic Reform of Education in Lebanon
CARE, the Coalition for Authentic Reform of Education, is an H Institute initiative originally conceived for Lebanon. It may eventually be launched in other countries. CARE brings together organizations, parents, teachers and students who share, and work for, the following convictions:
1. Formal education is to empower students for success and excellence in various aspects of life, and not to prepare them for taking exams.
2. Curricula are dynamic systems to bring about well-rounded citizens, and not repositories of canned information of little relevance to students’ life and aspirations.
3. Schools are to maintain a comprehensive learning ecology that fosters individual students’ cognitive development, and not conveyor belts that deliver certain subject matters.
4. Learning is a joyful, self-fulfilling, collaborative experience inside and outside the school, and not a stressful, intimidating, competitive race on exam tracks.
5. Exams are tools for learning and not sanction.
6. Students’ transition from one grade to another and subsequent graduation are the culmination of their performance throughout the school year(s), and not the mere upshot of summative or high-stakes exit exams.
7. Teachers are critical agents of cognitive development and not dispensers of curriculum materials. They are carefully and not haphazardly selected for rigorous pre-service education and subsequent induction in the teaching profession, and induced, without being overburdened, to pursue continuous professional development throughout their career.
8. Parents are to support and enrich their children education to the extent that they can afford, and not to take over teacher duties or make over for curriculum or school deficits.
The above requires that the national education system fulfils the following:
9. Education is a national asset for sustainable development.
10. The national educational system is purposely constituted and consistently managed at all levels in accordance with an informed policy and transparent regulations and quality standards.
11. Vocational education and general education harmoniously complement and enrich each other in fulfilment of the national educational policy.
12. Various educational institutions within the same community collaborate with each other for sustainable education and community service.

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