Quality Education is also high on the list of Development Goals coming in at number 4.
About 263 million children are not in school due to discrimination, exclusion, and crisis.
And almost 750 million young people and adults are illiterates.
CHALLENGES OF QUALITY EDUCATION
Quality education has challenges with some of them peculiar to different regions of the world.
Poverty and conflicts are hindrances, especially in war-torn areas.
Poverty and lack of quality education are also two major causes of terrorism.
“With guns you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism.” – Malala Yousafzai
Unrevised and outdated teaching curriculums have seen some parts of the world take the backseat in education.
GOALS OF QUALITY EDUCATION
- Ensure that all girls and boys complete free, and quality primary and secondary education by 2030
- By 2030, ensure equal access for women, and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education
- Substantially increase the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment, decent jobs and entrepreneurship by 2030
- Eliminate gender disparities in education and ensure equal access to all levels of education and vocational training for the vulnerable, including persons with disabilities
- Build and upgrade education facilities that are child, disability and gender sensitive and provide safe, nonviolent, inclusive and effective learning environments for all
- By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular, least developed countries
POSSIBLE SOLUTIONS TO ACHIEVING QUALITY EDUCATION
- Firstly, teachers welfare should be a priority. It is unacceptable and a total negligence on the part of the government to overlook non-payment of salaries of teachers. As strike actions also affect educational calendars negatively
- Create a peaceful and secure environment for learning
- Encourage early schooling especially with free primary education
- Sex education should also be taught to boost quality health and well being
- Train youth and adults in relevant skills and vocations for employment opportunities, job creation, and entrepreneurship. Technology, especially, should not be left out
- Equally, enrol especially girl children en masse
- Adult education should be a priority whether formal and full time or informal and part-time
- Eliminate gender and wealth disparities by making public schools standard
- Practically teach relevant and specialized knowledge and update curriculums to world education standards.
With free education among other strategies, we can achieve quality education and reduce illiteracy before or by the year 2030.
Countries like Japan understand this and that is why they recently set aside $17 billion in November 2017 to subsidize education. This priority shows in the nation’s ranking on the Global Creativity Index.
Education is key to sustainable development, peace, tourism, human rights and more.
Quality education is the bedrock of societal development. It has a huge role to play even in addressing Inequalities and especially Gender Inequality for sustainable development.
How do we convince the upcoming generation that education is the key to success when we are surrounded by poor graduates and rich criminals?
Find detailed information and statistics on the UNDP site.
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