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Transforming Education Summit: Stop the crisis or risk failing an entire generation |

“Underresourced schools have underpaid, unqualified teachers, overcrowded classrooms and archaic curricula. impairs children’s ability to reach their full potentialsaid UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell in a press release.

education is the future

“The trajectory of our education system is, by definition, the trajectory of our future,” she added. Either reverse the current trendline or face the consequences of failing to educate an entire generation.Less learning today means less opportunities tomorrow

summit will be held

The much-anticipated Transformation Education Summit kicks off this Friday at United Nations Headquarters in New York, marking a day of youth-led mobilization that includes donations from the Secretary-General, his deputies and the President of the General Assembly.

Saturday has been billed as a “solution day” led by UN Vice-President Amina Mohamed, and on Monday, UN Secretary-General António Guterres joined world leaders as the summit closed. Present his vision statement in the General Assembly Hall. .

seething crisis

During the COVID-19 pandemic, prolonged school closures and lack of access to quality learning exposed and exacerbated the existing learning crisis. This has left millions of schoolchildren without basic numeracy and literacy.

To draw attention to the crisis in education and the need to transform learning around the world, UNICEF said:Learning Crisis Classroom‘ is a model classroom that represents the scale of children who have not mastered important foundational skills.

The installation will be on display at the visitor entrance of the United Nations Headquarters in New York from September 16th to 26th. This model will serve as a reminder to government officials, heads of state and daily visitors of the urgent need for large-scale global investment in education.

UNICEF's Learning Crisis classroom at United Nations Headquarters in New York in September 2022.

UNICEF’s Learning Crisis classroom at United Nations Headquarters in New York in September 2022.

Classroom division

One-third of the desks in the model classroom are made of wood and are fully functional with the iconic UNICEF backpack perched on the school chair behind them.

The group aims to represent an estimated one-third of 10-year-olds worldwide who can read and understand simple texts.

The remaining two-thirds of desks are nearly invisible and made of transparent material, and it is estimated that by the age of 10, 64% of children cannot read and understand simple texts.

The invisible nature of these desks responds to the ongoing short-term crisis, UNICEF said. Shows the extent of civic contributions that will be lost if urgent steps are not taken to give all students the tools to grow.

catch up

As leaders gather for the Transforming Education Summit, UNICEF is calling on governments to commit to quality education for every child.

The institution will also readmit all children and keep them in school, increase access to remedial and catch-up learning, support teachers, provide teachers with the tools they need, and ensure that schools are safe and secure in learning. We are looking for new initiatives and investments to ensure that we can deliver A supportive environment so that all children are ready to learn.

Promoted by UNICEF under the acronym ‘RAPID’, the initiative represents a commitment by the international community to promote better education and take just steps to unlock the potential of millions of children. increase.

Compact new proposal

Also on Friday, more than 100 leaders will dedicate resources and take bold steps to tackle the global education crisis and deliver “the first generation where every child is in school.” sent a letter to the summit asking for

In the letter, many former government presidents, prime ministers, foreign ministers, and others, including former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, former UNDP Administrator Helen Clark, and former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, said at the summit: rice field.We are far from reaching the goal of universal education by 2030, and unless we act swiftly and generously, we will fall even further behind our commitment to Sustainable Development Goal 4. “Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”

of The signatories of today’s letter proposed a Compact for Global Education between developing countries and developed countries providing donor assistance.This includes, among others, developing countries raising their education budgets to 15-20 per cent of public spending and 4-6 per cent of income. Underpinned by increased sustainable funding for education through domestic action to reform the country’s tax system, coupled with international action to reduce tax loopholes and illicit financial flows . The multilateral development bank will increase international development assistance for education from 10% to 15% and over the next five years he will provide an additional $15 billion for 200 million children.