The mission of the teaching profession is to promote the well-being and education of all children and youth. In our complex and rapidly changing society, lifelong learning is a right and responsibility of all people and from this perspective the education of children and young people is a crucial phase. A system of public education must be rooted in the principles of universality, equity and responsiveness.
Public education must be of high quality and be supported by adequate public resources that are collected and distributed fairly and equitably. The goals and expectations society sets for learners and schools must be both challenging and realistic, and progress towards these goals must be evaluated in a comprehensive and fair manner. A strong, publicly funded education system is essential to the preservation and promotion of a democratic society and schools must be prepared learners to become caring, responsive and active members of society. A knowledgeable, committed and responsible teaching profession is essential to the provision of quality education.