Five things you need to know about global education this week (October 15, 2021) – world
School system in Lebanon “at a turning point”
The education system in Lebanon is on the verge of a crisis that could result in hundreds of thousands of children missing out on school for another year, major organizations warn.
A combination of the economic situation, the Beirut explosion, political challenges and the pandemic has closed many schools for long periods since October 2019, affecting more than 1.3 million children and keeping over 700,000 children out of school.
Almost 42,000 children dropped out of school last year and the UN and World Bank predict that more children will be lost from the education system this year.
The Lebanon Education Cluster – which brings together NGOs, United Nations agencies and local partners – warned: “The situation is now at a turning point: urgent action is needed to ensure that all children in Lebanon return to school safely and have the opportunity have, learn. “It urged donors to support the Department of Education’s plans to reopen schools, saying the government should increase spending on education.
Human Rights Watch also urged international donors to direct more aid to schools, teachers, and student families.
Aya Majzoub, Lebanon researcher at Human Rights Watch, said: “The government, donors and the UN must provide a comprehensive response to avert disaster for children and the country.”
Theyworld has worked in Lebanon to expand access to education through research, advocacy and campaigning. This year, that includes a Theirworld-supported video project helping children with special educational needs learn from home during the pandemic, and the launch of the MyBestStart project, which is providing thousands of vulnerable Lebanese and refugee children with access to quality early childhood education .
The boss of her world points out that $ 75 billion is missing
Theirworld President Justin van Fleet participated in an online roundtable of experts asked about the prospects and priorities of funding education in low-income countries.
He said, “We’re ignoring the elephant in the room, which means we still need at least $ 75 billion a year to fund education. We’re currently raising $ 15 billion from the international community so there’s a big gap, that needs to be filled. ”
The Education Finance Playbook – published by Theirworld earlier this year – warns of the $ 75 billion a year deficit it will take to meet the United Nations’ goal of high quality education for every child by 2030.
The experts were asked for their opinion by the Financial Times.
Some Afghan girls are still in high school
While girls in most parts of Afghanistan stay at home while their brothers go to high school, in some northern areas classes have been open to all students.
Secondary schools for girls remain closed in large parts of the country. But in Mazar-i-Sharif, near the border with Uzbekistan, the local authorities have taken a different route.
Zabihullah Noorani, director of the Directorate for Culture and Information in Northern Balkh Province, said, “There is no obstacle or hindrance to girls’ education here.”
A 15-year-old in grade 10 told Reuters that she went to school without a break despite the Taliban’s strict dress code. She added, “These restrictions have caused some girls to lose interest, but we girls are still happy that we are at least going to school.”
School health initiative to help 2.6 billion children
Health and education ministers from Southeast Asian countries have committed to expanding school programs that promote the health, nutrition and wellbeing of children and adolescents.
The Health Promoting Schools initiative will support hundreds of millions of school-age children and young people in the region that is home to more than a quarter of the world’s population and includes India, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Thailand.
Government ministers and heads of UN agencies have pledged to keep schools open in the event of public health emergencies and to be resilient and well prepared for future emergencies.
“The pandemic is a powerful reminder of the importance of maintaining strong education systems that support the interlinked goals of education and health for all children and adolescents, leaving no one behind,” said Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director of the World Health Organization South East Asia.
Faith leaders work to end child marriages
A group of imams in Zanzibar off the coast of Tanzania campaigns for girls to end child marriages and for girls to go to school.
“About six of my students aged 15 to 17 dropped out of school in less than five months,” said its director, Sheikh Is-haka Vuai. “They not only lost the chance of religious instruction, but also the opportunity to build their future through the school education that they broke off because of their marriage.”
In Zanzibar, 18% of girls are married before the age of 18. Faith leaders have been working with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for two years to change attitudes.
To support these efforts, UNFPA has launched a three-year program with funding from Finland. Many of the activities are carried out by young women and girls themselves, including those with disabilities.