The obstacles of global education
International communities put amazing efforts into reaching the goal of universal primary education by 2015. Yet despite the progress, 58 million children between 6 and 11 years old are still without education. And another 63 million lower secondary-school age adolescents are also out of school.
Why is that? What are the obstacles? The Better Awards is dedicating this month’s topic to global education…
Here are some numbers to get an idea of where the out-of-schoolers are located. The highest number of out-of-school-children are mostly from Sub-Saharan African countries and South Asia. Nearly one-third of out-of-school children of lower secondary school age live in conflict-affected countries. Only 65% of children in conflict-affected nations reach the final grade of primary school, in contrast to 86% across other developing countries.
The five key barriers of out-of-schoolers are: conflict, gender discrimination, child labor, language challenges and barriers linked to disabilities.
UNICEF and UNESCO urge the global community to adopt policies to do something about these barriers.
By supporting organizations that help overcome these obstacles we can get a step closer to the universal primary education goal.
One of the many praiseworthy organizations that is attributing to education in Africa is the Dutch organization Kwasa. Better Awards has asked Kwasa to give our readers insights about their work, the importance of education to the non-privileged and how it could effect the nation and the world. Find out what they had to say end of this week..