International Day of Education
International Day of Education calls all people to celebrate the role of education in peace and development! Without an inclusive education system, countries will not succeed in achieving gender equality and breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of youth behind. Education is in article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, meaning education is not a privilege but a fundamental human right!
Currently, 262 million children do not regularly attend school, 4 million of those being refugee and migrant children who don’t have the opportunity to go to school (UNESCO). 617 million children and adolescents cannot read or do basic maths. In addition, less that 40% of girls in Sub Saharan Africa complete lower secondary school.
Sustainable Development Goal 4 aims to ‘ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’ (UN) because education is the ladder out of poverty and the path to a promising future. Migration and mass forcible displacement is making this Sustainable Development Goal seem less achievable for the near future. The EU and it’s member states are taking steps to ensure everyone has access to the knowledge, capabilities, and skills they need to enjoy their life with dignity and contribute to the social, economic, and environmental well-being of their community. The EU is supporting education in approximately 100 countries through funding and supporting global education partners.
Did you know? 443 million school days are lost each year due to water-related illness. DROP4DROP acknowledges that having access to clean water and obtaining an education go hand in hand because it’s impossible to obtain an education without good health. Also, women and children walk for long periods of time to remote water sources that commonly contain water that’s unsafe to drink, which is time that could be spent at school or contributing to their community in other ways that will improve their chances of a brighter future.
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