Education for All
Education draws forth our latent abilities and brings the inherent potential of our humanity to bloom. Education empowers individuals and uplifts communities. Studies show that expanding access to education enhances social equality, improves economies and reduces violence. Education can unlock big changes that can reshape the world.
The world is experiencing an education crisis, made worse by the COVID-19 pandemic. In September world leaders will meet to decide how to tackle this global challenge. These decisions will impact hundreds of millions of lives.
Concrete steps toward education for all from the 2022 Peace Proposal:
- Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the global focus has been on public health and economic recovery. However, in addition to these issues is the pandemic’s impact on children and youth in the form of disrupted educational services and the loss of learning opportunities due to school closures. There are still enormous numbers of young learners stranded on the wrong side of the digital divide, unable to access the necessary means for distance learning. I cannot stress strongly enough the importance of strengthening international cooperation to ensure uninterrupted education for all children.
- Another matter of key importance is to accelerate the provision of inclusive education, which guarantees the right to learning and education for children and young people with disabilities.
- In September this year (2022), the UN will convene the Transforming Education Summit. I believe this presents a perfect opportunity for productive discussions on such themes as education in emergencies and inclusive education. The agenda could also include learning for global citizenship as a crucial means of fostering the consciousness of global solidarity, which can serve as a shared basis for tackling the common crises facing humankind. I further encourage those involved to develop and adopt a global action plan for the learning, growth and happiness of all children.
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