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Education for all

Updated: 2 days ago

The causes we have chosen to support within Force for Good, align with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), adopted by all United Nations Member states in 2015. These are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - to join in global partnership and tackle some of the world’s most pressing issues. These Sustainable Development Goals are the blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all and addresses the global challenges that are faced by all human beings, including poverty, inequality, climate change, environmental degradation, peace and justice.

UN SDG #4: Quality Education

Why education?

Education enables upward socioeconomic mobility and is a key to escaping poverty. Over the past decade, major progress was made towards increasing access to education and school enrolment rates at all levels, particularly for girls.

Nevertheless, about 260 million children were still out of school in 2018 — nearly one fifth of the global population in that age group. And more than half of all children and adolescents worldwide are not meeting minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics.

In 2020, as the COVID-19 pandemic spread across the globe, most countries announced the temporary closure of schools, impacting more than 91% of students worldwide. By April 2020, close to 1.6 billion children and youth were out of school. And nearly 369 million children who rely on school meals needed to look to other sources for daily nutrition.

Never have so many children been out of school at the same time, disrupting learning and upending lives, especially the most vulnerable and marginalised. The global pandemic has far-reaching consequences that may jeopardise hard won gains made in improving global education.

The key facts:

● 59 million children of primary school age are currently being denied an education.

● 65 million adolescents around the world are without access to secondary school.

●Conflict and natural disasters have disrupted the education of a further 75 million children.

● 15 million girls of primary school age never getting the opportunity to learn to read and write in primary school, compared to about 10 million boys.

● 130 million children enrolled in school who are not even learning the basics.

Related Force for Good Causes:

Local Communities / Education / Youth / Human Rights / Arts & Culture / Economic Empowerment / Mental Health / Sports / Business & Innovation / Female Empowerment / Disabilities

United Nations 17 Sustainable Development Goals