Objectives of Education and Promotion of Excellence
Pursuit of excellence depends on three factors. First of all, it depends upon the cultivation of will among all to work on their own limitations and to surpass them; secondly, it depends upon progressive understanding of the principles underlying the process of self-exceeding; and thirdly, it depends upon clearer perception and commitment to the higher goals of individual and collective welfare. And, if we look at the educational history of thought and practice, we shall find that glorious periods of education have been marked by the participation of people in combining these three factors. In our own time, after a long period of slumber of indifference, people are awakening, and educationists are being invited to provide the needed inputs of thought and guidelines in order to bring about major changes in the educational situation and in the educational system so that children of today receive the best possible help to shape themselves and equip themselves with qualities, talents and capacities that are required to meet the difficult transition towards the ideals that humanity must pursue both for its survival and for its fulfilment.
At the international level, UNESCO has given to the world two extremely important reports, which have provided powerful stimulus to the determination of goals of education and strategies that should be adopted to usher in at the threshold of the next millennium a new design of education that would foster learning society, life-long education and mobilisation of resources at the service of primacy of education. "Learning to Be", — under the chairmanship of Edgar Faure, — the first report brought out by UNESCO in 1972, stands out as an excellent formulation of a