UN-TANZANIA WAS AN EXEMPLARY IN MAKING EDUCATION AVAILABLE FOR ALL ~ :: Habari Duniani

On Sunday, The UN chief made the remarks when launching the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity report, titled ‘The Learning Generation: Investing in Education for a Changing World.’
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon
The launching ceremony was held at the UN headquarters in New York and was attended by the commissioners of the Education Commission, including former President Jakaya Kikwete.
 “Experience from countries such as Tanzania, Vietnam and my own country, South Korea, shows that where there is political will, plus opportunities and financial resources something positive can be done in education,” the UN chief said.
The report points out that with more than 250 million children out of school and another 330 million children failing to achieve the most basic learning outcomes, the world cannot hope to achieve the promise of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The report sets out the commission’s four-stage plan that will, among others, aim to generate the reforms and investment that will get every child on track to enter school by 2030; increase the number of qualified high school graduates in low and middle-income countries from 400 million to 850 million by 2030 and raise the numbers even further to 1.2 billion during the next decade.
The secretary general said the report makes the case for investment in education as a prerequisite for economic growth, sustainable development and global stability.
He noted that while the crisis of education is eminently solvable, if current trends continue; “we will not achieve universal primary education until 2042, and upper secondary education until 2084. We will miss SDG 4 by half a century.”
Contributing to the launching of the report as one of the Commissioners, former President Kikwete said achievement in education means that every child, including those living in difficult conditions and marginalised, especially girls, have access to education.
He said one out of 20 girls living in poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa finish primary school education while 75 million children in school going age face various dangers. The figure includes one million Syrian refugee children who are not in schools.
“The report points out a vision of providing opportunities to future generation with a focus on children refugees, street children, girls, children in labour and other groups,” former president Kikwete stressed.
The report is a culmination of a one year analysis work that involved 30 research institutions and consultations that involved more than 300 contributors from 105 countries.
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