Why Quality Education? (#4 Sustainable Development Goals)
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Quality Education is such an important goal, and I believe it is often forgotten by the media and world. Education is the foundation of societies, and without educating our citizens, we cannot make progress or change - here are some reasons why I think this...
What is Quality Education and why do we need it
– Quality Education is the foundation to improving lives and development towards equality
– Currently, 103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills, and more than 60 per cent of them are women – education is critical in preventing unintended adolescent pregnancies
– However, just being able to go to school is not enough – primary and secondary school aged children are still leaving school without basic maths and reading skills
– There is a clear separation and divide between countries, and between rural and urban areas
– One of the causes is a lack of trained teachers and poor conditions of schools e.g. lacking access to electricity or water
– Despite progress being made towards the Millennium Development Goal of achieving universal primary education, as of 2013, there are still 59 million primary-school age children out of school
– It is estimated that global poverty could drop by 12 % if all children in low income countries could read
The United Nations goals: By 2030
– That all girls and boys complete free, equitable and quality primary and secondary schooling by 2030
– Ensure access to affordable and quality further education, and substantially increase number of youths and adults with relevant skills for employment and entrepreneurship
– Eliminate gender disparities and provide safe, nonviolent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all
– This is because education is one of the most powerful proven methods for achieving sustainable development
What progress has been made so far?
– The worldwide number of children out of education has halved, however progress has been limited by poverty, conflict and emergencies
– UN meeting in June 2017 – discussing ways to advance action on education, increasing the understanding that education as the skills and knowledge of their own futures and shaping a more prosperous and sustainable society
How can we make a difference towards this goal?
– One key way is to educate yourself and others! Be a part of making yourself aware of what’s going on in the world and current news – from a variety of sources and worldwide.
– If you’re going through education yourself, appreciate and make use of it, raise awareness so that others can have the same opportunities as you
– Focus not just on standardised tests and grades (which I know can be hard), but value education and learning just for the sake of knowledge, and continue learning throughout your life.
– Support organisations such as UNICEF, which help to provide education after emergencies https://www.unicef.org/education/bege_70640.html
– Also Save The Children: http://www.savethechildren.org/site/c.8rKLIXMGIpI4E/b.6153015/k.81AF/Child_Education.htm
Links to other sustainable development goals: this is a key issue and links most strongly with the following goals:
– #1 eliminating poverty – finishing education is a key part of reducing global poverty (read more here: http://www.un.org/sustainabledevelopment/blog/2017/06/millions-could-escape-poverty-by-finishing-secondary-education-says-un-cultural-agency/)
– #5 achieving gender equality – because there is still a gap in accessing education
– #16 building peaceful and inclusive societies – a combination of all the goals, which quality education provides the foundation for.
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