PROGRESS OF GOAL 4 IN 2018
Achieving inclusive and equitable quality education for all will require increasing efforts, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia and for vulnerable populations, including persons with disabilities, indigenous people, refugee children and poor children in rural areas.
Our world is ailing. Take a moment’s stare and you will see the following :-
- Poverty Among Women and Children
These are children who are either orphans or whose families are trapped in extreme poverty – the over 21,000 people that die of hunger every day. They lack means to feeding, clothing, education and health care.
Many times, the breadwinners of such families are women. These women, who toil under the hot sun in the day and the torrential rains of cold night, account for more than half of over 702 million people in the world who live in extreme poverty. They are the vegetable hawking mothers in Western-Africa and the fisher-women in South-east Asia who live on less than $1 daily.
It is sad enough that these women are poor (like the men folks) but it is sadder that they are helpless and vulnerable to sexual exploitation, gender discrimination, lack of access to education and opportunities to work and build businesses.
These women are poor, their rights are not protected and their children are malnourished and exposed to danger. However, they can become important tools in securing the future and developing economies when empowered and protected.
- Lack of Access to Proper Education
One of the few roads to freedom from the shackles of poverty is education. Unfortunately, less than half of school-age children in Africa and South-Asia (the poorest parts of the world) are properly educated.
They are not likely to acquire the basic skills of writing and reading – needed to help them live healthy and productive lives.
This is caused by substandard educational facilities in their schools and the lack of trained teachers, who are skilled enough to mentor future leaders that the world is in dire need of.
Many countries – especially in Africa – do not meet the UNESCO annual funding requirement for education pegged at 26%. They are some of the war stricken regions of the world whose educational funds are being used for military activities.
Worst still, UNESCO Institute for Statistics revealed that there are over 124 million out-of-school children and adolescents in the world – many of whom are in Sub-Saharan Africa.
- Lack of Aid to the Needy
However, the UNESCO Institute for Statistics has confirmed that the poorest countries receive less than a third of the total aid to basic education.
This in spite of the spate of non-profits in the world and the campaign to raise fund for the less privileged.
Categorically, Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for half of all the out-of-school children and more than half of world’s population of the poor…but gets less than half of global aid to the needy.