Opinion
We can solve global education crisis
Publish Date: Apr 08, 2014
newvision
  • mail
  • img

By Sarah Natumanya

As a newly appointed Global Youth Ambassador for A World at School, I want to call attention to the57 million children around the world are currently being denied their human right to an education.


I am joined in this call to action by 500 other young advocates for global education. Together, we make up the Global Youth Ambassadors group – launched on April 1, by the United Nations Secretary-General Bank Ki Moon and the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown.

The big number of children out of school means a lot of human resource is being wasted. These children without education can never realise their potential in life and this means they will not have a developmental goal to achieve in life.

In some situations, children get little education and drop out of school because they are not facilitated, guided and encouraged why they have to study. This is so common in remote areas where my case study was based. They enter schools to try it out without a motive and at the end they are left with less or no skills that can open their minds to the competitive world a head of them.

Progress in education is contingent on wider social influencing inequalities based on income, gender, ethnicity, and location. There is need to promote coping frameworks championing for education for all policies within a sustainable and well-integrated sector framework that is clearly linked to poverty elimination and development strategies. While education planning has been strengthened, a failure to join education and poverty reduction strategies, along with high levels of fragmentation and weak coordination continues to hamper progress. There are deep and persistent inequalities in education linked to poverty, gender, nutrition, healthy, disability and other forms of marginalisation. Addressing the inequalities require policies that extend far beyond the education sector. It is important to incorporate national commitments to wide-ranging governance reforms. However, the implications of the reforms for equity in education are seldom considered in any detail, even where the reforms have potentially significant consequences. Decentralisation is one prominent example that can spur education for all children with practical strategies for ensuring that governance reforms strengthen the link between education planning and wider poverty reduction efforts.

I want to reach every child - the poorest, the most excluded, the most vulnerable and those whose rights need greater protection. There are many problems that we face across the globe - concerning poverty, nutrition, water and sanitation, health, environment and conservation, economic development, gender equality, social inclusion. We believe that education lies at the heart of the solution to each of these.

As firm believers that education is the answer to the greatest challenges we face as a society, we ask for your help in urging leaders to raise budgets, build schools, train teachers and improve learning for all children.

It has been shown that we could lift over 170 million people out of poverty simply by teaching every child in low-income countries basic reading skills.

So why are we not making this a reality?

Unless we revert current trends, we will not even achieve universal primary education before 2086.

So Join A World at School in our campaign to get every child into school learning. Support our calls to action and get all the latest news on global education online (www.aworldatschool.org) on twitter (@aworldatschool) and on Face book (www.facebook.com/AWorldAtSchool).

The writer ia a World at School Global Youth Ambassador.

The statements, comments, or opinions expressed through the use of New Vision Online are those of their respective authors, who are solely responsible for them, and do not necessarily represent the views held by the staff and management of New Vision Online.

New Vision Online reserves the right to moderate, publish or delete a post without warning or consultation with the author.Find out why we moderate comments. For any questions please contact digital@newvision.co.ug

  • mail
  • img
blog comments powered by Disqus
Also In This Section
How religion can be used to promote democracy
How can we use religion to promote democracy, understanding and human rights in the world? In the face of all inequalities in the world today, how would you rate the role of religion in conflict resolution and social understanding?...
Major public universities need government intervention for new investment policies
At the beginning of every academic year, major university students carry hopes of some laxity and days without class due to “sure appearance” of an uprising, demonstration or strike that usually ends in either total or partial closure of the institutions....
Have we become too flexible?
Aidar Turner is a senior fellow at the Institute for New Economic Thinking and at the Center for Financial Studies in Frankfurt....
The 30 Lawyers can still defend the Ongwen
Many people are asking whether the 30 lawyers that have applied to the Government to defend Dominic Ongwen are eligible to manage expectations....
Has Museveni tamed the ungovernable Ugandans or Ugandans have tamed Museveni?
“Every nation gets the government it deserves” said Joseph de Maistre, a Sardonian lawyer, diplomat, writer and philosopher....
Nine steps to food security
Leaders meeting in Davos this week are confronted with some critical challenges. One of them is how to realise the bright prospects of African agriculture. Investment in this sector has doubled in the last decade as governments recognise the crucial importance of agriculture to the well-being of th...
Should local leaders arrest parents who oppose UPE?
Yes
No
Can't Say
follow us
subscribe to our news letter