All Children must go to school: (Pix source evehemming.blogspot.com)
Dr. Biodun Awosusi
Our team fully support the youth call for action and Malala as she makes her presentation to the UNYouthTakeOver meeting today. Why?
About 57million children are out of school. Sadly, majority are in sub-saharan Africa. According to UNICEF, more than 20 per cent of African children have never attended primary school or have left without completing primary education! This is unacceptable! It is a global emergency that requires collective efforts from all stakeholders.
We will continue to make noise about the issue here!
Young people taking part in the UN Youth Takeover have drawn up a draft resolution to be debated in the General Assembly on Malala Day. Read a summary of their proposals below, see what you think and have your say. You can also read the full draft.
They are calling on all governments, individuals and organizations responsible for policy, planning, financing, provision, delivery and implementation of education to work to:
1. Pass a Security Council resolution that recognizes the global education crisis and outlines concrete steps to address education, consistency and security, particularly for girls and in emergency contexts.
2. Ensure all children go to school.
- Ensure all children have access to quality education, including those in school but not learning
- Provide at least nine years of quality education to every child.
3. Address the special situation of girls and other marginalized groups.
- Guarantee gender equality, create gender-sensitive environments which cater for the unique needs of girls and seek to tackle social barriers and gender expectations
- Place particular emphasis on education for marginalized children. Poorer children, orphans, child labourers and slaves, those living in disadvantaged areas, in informal settlements or on the street, pregnant girls and girls with their own children, children with disabilities, indigenous children, those with HIV/AIDS, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered young people and those affected by emergencies and conflict are as entitled to a quality and inclusive education as every other child.
4. Ensure that education prepares young people for life and work.
- Support the availability and improvement of vocational education and training, connect education more directly with the labour market and provide effective career guidance.
- Develop effective systems of transition which allow children to move smoothly through the primary and secondary stages
- Develop and promote non-formal, informal and citizenship education as a way to encourage life-long learning, to develop life skills, competencies and values and promote access to education. Use it to educate children and young people on the important realities of life, to reduce extremism and encourage meaningful political participation
- Recruit and rigorously train teachers who implement the highest standards of teaching and professionalism, are in attendance and are available to all of their students and who protect the rights of every child.
5. Increase education funding and ensure accountability.
- Donor countries should increase aid allocation to education. Governments must prevent leakage, wastage or misdirection of financial resources resulting from inefficiency or corruption
- Ensure financial sustainability. Continue to invest in the infrastructure, facilities and resources which support learning, including books, new technologies and the internet
- Implement monitoring programmes which evaluate the standards of education delivered, promote consistency and quality, and identify key areas for improvement for teachers and schools. Schools must respond quickly.
6. Guarantee young people have a say in shaping education.
- Meaningfully engage young people in shaping their own education and allow them to contribute their opinions, to influence the direction of their own education and have a say in the nature of the school and the curriculum.