It is generally believed that education is of vital importance in individuals' development and well-being of societies. What should education consist of to fulfill both these functions? Both individuals and societies benefit from education. For individuals, the potential benefits lie in general quality of life and in the economic returns of sustained, satisfying employment. For societies, the potential benefits lie in economic growth and the development of shared values that underpin social cohesion.
Societies make substantial investments from both public and private sources in education, both formal provisions and informal provisions in the community and the workplace. It is important to ensure that the education programmes they support are effective and efficient and that the benefits are distributed equitably.
Work on education at those non-profit organisations seeks to develop and review policies to enhance the efficiency and the effectiveness of education provisions and the equity with which their benefits are shared. Strategies include thematic reviews in specific policy areas, and collecting detailed statistical information on education systems, including measures of the competence levels of individuals. For example, the policies addressed include those implemented within countries for national benefit and those involved in the provision by countries of development aid to build capacity and to spread the benefits of education and training in other countries; the Programme on Educational Building promotes the exchange and analysis of policy, research and experience in all matters related to educational building. Its work is of relevance to policy-makers in national and regional authorities responsible for educational facilities, to architects, to system level and institutional managers, and to researchers in the field.
To sum up, promoting educational equity is a longstanding goal and key for social inclusion. Although educational levels have improved steadily, learning opportunities remain unevenly distributed. Fighting the disadvantages related to socio-economic, community, gender, ethnic, and other background runs through most education work.
1、Some people hope that the internet will revolutionise higher education, making it cheaper and more accessible to the masses. Others fear the prospect.
Prospect:前景，n. 另外，这句话还使用的非谓语动词making 这种表达也是非常好的。
2、Others argue that MOOCs (massive open online courses) are nowhere near as good as a class taught face-to-face.
As good as: 与…一样好，这句话还使用了taught face-to-face 这样的非谓语形式，可以去学习。
3、A third of those enrolled at traditional colleges took an online course as part of their degrees.