‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.’ (Nelson Mandela)
‘Educate Every Child’ is a campaign organised of Nida Trust, a UK based educational charity working with students, teachers and parents to improve educational opportunities for young people. Nida Trust passionately believes that education can change the lives of whole communities for the better. After working for 10 years to improve educational opportunities in the UK, Nida Trust has launched ‘Educate Every Child’ to ensure that children in developing countries are given an opportunity to receive a good education.
‘Educate Every Child’ aims to help achieve the UNESCO’s six Education For All goals.
The six goals are:
UNESCO’s Key Statistics – UNESCO eAtlas of out of school children (2010)
“Worldwide there are more adolescents of lower secondary school age who are out of school than primary school-age children (71 million vs. 61 million), even though the total population size for the first group is just one-half that of the second.”
“As more countries are making lower secondary education mandatory, it increasingly important to monitor the exclusion of adolescents from the educational system.”
“While South and West Asia has the largest total number of adolescents out of school at nearly 31 million (representing 30% of the age-relevant population), sub-Saharan Africa has a higher share at 37%. More than one-half of lower secondary school-age children are out of school in: Burkina Faso, Burundi, Central African Republic, Djibouti, Eritrea, Guinea, Mali and Niger. In contrast, less than one in ten adolescents is out of school in: Botswana, Cape Verde, Kenya, Namibia, Seychelles and South Africa”
Why education matters?
At the Rio +20 conference, the UIS (UNESCO Institute for Statistics) and Education for All (EFA) global monitoring report outlined 5 reasons why education must be addressed urgently. They are:
What are the barriers to education?
Across the world many children miss out on their education because: