A United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) research has revealed that less than 40% of girls in the Sub-Saharan Africa are able to complete lower secondary school.
The research further revealed that about 258 million children and youth are out of school while 4 million refugee children and youth were out of school.
A matter of great concern to the UNESCO and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) championing the right of every school-going child was respected while at the same time providing equal opportunity for all.
A statement read on behalf of the Country Director for UNESCO in Ghana by Mr Abdul Rahman Dialo expressed with great concern the urgent need to incorporate Technical Vocational Educational Training in the on-going free senior high school programme.
The day was to offer the opportunity to remember education as a valuable resource for humanity and yet a scare for millions in most cases around the world.
The global learning crisis confirmed by data from UNESCO Institute for Statistics should be a cause for worry.
“Since education is the key to all the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a learning crisis is also a crisis for prosperity, for the planet, for peace and for people,” he noted.
The statement further noted that UNESCO being charged with coordinating the International community’s efforts to achieve SDGs 4 , quality education for all, has a particular responsibility in that context and hence the action for each of the four Ps.
He disclosed that UNESCO was putting in much efforts to ensure action for people by making education an instrument of inclusion and therefore of empowerment.
“The major literacy campaigns on which UNESCO’s history is built, and which continues today, have thus opened up a world of opportunities for millions of men and women.
…Today, it is to unlock people’s potential that UNESCO is working to foster student mobility by adopting at the 40th session of the General Conference, the first global convention on the recognition of qualifications in higher education,” the statement said.
“Taking action for education also means taking action for prosperity-because education is the best investment for the future. Education is in the medium and long term, the most effective means of reducing poverty and inequality while encouraging social inclusion. It is for this that UNESCO places particular emphasis on the promotion of girls and women education through its Her Education, Our Future Initiative.”
“Only education has the power to sustainably change societies’ behaviour, as necessitated by challenge of global warning. This is why UNESCO has called on its member states to incorporate environmental education into their curricula, from nursery school to university; we will share our expertise with member states.
“It said education is the cornerstone of peace which opens up a path of intelligence leading to the understanding of intercultural, to reconciliation, to fellowship. This is the meaning of global citizenship education promoted by UNESCO.
For her part, the convener of SDG’s CSO platform, Joyce Larnyo, challenged the Ghanaian youth to be ambassadors for SDG in the environment with regards to proper disposal of plastics and other forms of wastes.
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