Background

educateeverychild

‘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:

  • Goal 1 – Expand early childhood care and education
  • Goal 2 – Provide free and compulsory primary education for all
  • Goal 3 – Promote learning and life skills for young people and adults
  • Goal 4 – Increase adult literary by 50%
  • Goal 5 – Achieve gender parity in education by 2005, gender equality by 2015
  • Goal 6 – Improve the quality of education

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”

Key Facts

  • 61m out of school children are of primary age:
  • 31m in sub Saharan Africa
  • 13m in South & West Asia
  • 7m in East Asia and the Pacific
  • 5m in Arab states
  • 3m in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • 1m in North America & Western Europe
  • 1m in Central & Eastern Europe
  • For every 100 out of school children of primary are:
  • 47% will never enter education
  • 27% will education late
  • 26% have dropped out of education
  • In sub Saharan Africa, 55% of out of school children will never enter school
  • In Central Asia, 51% of out of school children will never enter school
  • In South and West Asia, 45% of out of school children have dropped out
  • In Arab states, 41% of out of school children will start school late
  • In Latin America and the Caribbean, 56% of out of school children will start school late
  • In Central & Eastern Europe, 55% of out of school children will start school late
  • In East Asia & the Pacific, 47% of out of school children have dropped out
  • In North America and Western Europe, 79% of out of school children will start school late

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:

  • Education reduces poverty and promotes economic growth
  • Maternal education improves children’s nutrition and chances of survival
  • Education helps fight HIV/AIDS and other diseases
  • Education promotes gender equality
  • Education promotes democracy and participation in society

What are the barriers to education?

Across the world many children miss out on their education because:

  • They are made to work to help support their families,
  • Their families do not have the means to pay for their schooling,
  • They are recruited into armed forces and become child soldiers,
  • They live in conflict zones which constantly interrupt their education’
  • Discrimination and racism undermine their chance to receive an education,
  • They face violence as they pursue their education.