New York, Oct 1 (IPS) – “Now is the time for a stronger, more networked and inclusive multilateral system at the United Nations.”
Making this moral choice and embracing this legal necessity is more relevant today than ever before. An estimated 1.5 million children and adolescents with a state of emergency and long-term disruptions to education are now dramatically increased from 1 million to 1 million due to epidemics. These vulnerable girls and boys in Afghanistan, the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa and South America are now far behind in the most difficult context in the world.
The current education funding gap for lower-middle-income countries is .4 1.48 billion. A gap that is growing. In order to revive multidimensionality, which is urgently needed, the UN Secretary General will convene an important, timely summit on the transformation of education in 2022.
No matter what we do, in spite of all our investments, we cannot win the ‘human race’ unless we invest in our fellow human beings. Children and young people affected by armed conflict, climate-induced disasters, forced displacement and chronic crises struggle with their lives and futures.
As the UN’s Special Envoy for Global Education and Chair of Education, we can no longer afford to leave behind the remnants of armed conflict, long-term refuge, an entire generation facing an irreversible loss of the planet on which climate change threatens us all. Can’t wait for the high level steering group, RT. The Honorable Gordon Brown said at the launch of Canon Weight’s annual results report: Win the Human Race, 5 October 2021.
Education is the basis of all other sustainable human development goals and the achievement of universal human rights, DNA and absolute prerequisite. Education means investing in the infinite potential of human potential: manpower, governance, gender equality, justice, peace and security. “Access to quality education is key to tackling the challenges of the 21st century, including accelerating the fight against poverty and climate change,” Ann-Birgit Albrechtsen, the new CEO of The Lego Foundation, said in a high-level interview with this month’s ECW newsletter.
The time has come to connect the dots between individual people and our collective humanity and life on this planet. We are now investing more in Mother Earth through significant climate change financing. We now have to invest in people living on the planet as well. The interrelationship between the positive effects of education on all aspects of life on the planet is inevitable and inevitable.
- The level of higher education leads to higher concerns for the environment and adaptation to climate change. If the progress of education stops, it could lead to a 20% increase in disaster-related deaths every decade.
- Education is a unique investment that can prevent conflict and forced displacement. Admission to higher secondary schools has been found to be associated with an increase in the level of stability and peace in a country and a reduction in crime and violence.
- Each additional year of school reduces the risk of a teenage boy getting involved in a conflict by 20 percent. This impact reflects both the economic benefits of education and its role in social cohesion and national identity.
- Conversely, lack of education often leads to a reaction to political disability and group loyalty.. Across 22 countries in sub-Saharan Africa, sub-national regions with very low average education had a 50 percent chance of starting conflict in 21 years, while regions with very high average education had 346 years.
- Education is also the safest way to alleviate extreme poverty. For the nation, each additional year of schooling could add 18 percent to the per capita GDP. For individuals, one more year of education brings a 10 percent increase in personal income. If all children could learn basic reading skills, it would affect 171 million fewer people living in extreme poverty. * Footnote below.
Education cannot wait for a multilateral global UN fund. Our 2020 annual results report, Winning the Human Race, launched at the UN in Geneva this month, testifies to what we can achieve when we think and act in multiple ways: when we connect the dots, become one and all Work for
Through multilateralism, we have reached more than 29 million crisis-affected girls and boys in 2020 through ECW’s COVID-19 emergency response alone, working with our strategic partners, including the host government, our 21 donors, UNICEF, UNHCR, UNESCO, UNDP, WFP, our civil society partners, such as INEE, the Jesuit Refugee Service, AVSI, Save the Children, Plan International, the Norwegian Refugee Council, the International Rescue Committee and numerous local civil society organizations across 34 countries. Through joint programming, we were able to jointly provide quality education to more than 4 … million children and adolescents, of whom 51% were girls and adolescent girls, %% were refugees – all the while increasing ECW allocations for children and youth with disabilities.
This is possible because the ODA government, the private sector and public interest partners are increasing their support for the Catalyst ECW Fund so that their investments are part of a multifaceted effort to work as closely as possible with those we serve, including numerous, diverse link building SDGs and human rights. A full list of our 21 generous donor partners can be found at the end of this newsletter.
In connection with UNGA Week this year, ECW strategic donors such as Germany, the United States, the European Union / European Commission, France, the Lego Foundation and Porticus have taken huge steps and pledged 8 138.1 million to the ECW in 2021. Has raised 156.1 million and a total of 8 1.82 billion since the inception of the ECW (7 827 million for the Trust Fund;
Moreover, the Global Hub for Emergency Education has celebrated its new joint space under the ECW umbrella in Geneva, thanks to Switzerland which is the second largest capital for humanitarian and development actors in the United Nations after New York City. The Global Hub brings together NGOs, the United Nations, academia, foundations and governments to inspire more commitment and resources toward quality education for those who have been left behind in emergencies and long crises.
Multilateralism works through the United Nations.
Yet, it is only the beginning of a larger global effort to work through a multi-party coordination system to reach out to the left behind and bring education from the margins to the center. Based on experimental evidence, ECW calls for an additional $ 1 billion to contribute to an innovative model that has proven to work.
Political leaders, government, the private sector, the United Nations, and civil society – all part of the ECW’s multilateral UN system – recognize that education is a prerequisite for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and universal human rights. Together, we think long-term and act now. Together, we connect the dots and see things from afar and from the inside. Together, we do what the world needs most right now: a common agenda to win the human race.
Yasmin Sheriff Director, Education Can’t Wait UN Global Fund in Emergency and Chronic Crisis
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