9th September

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“244. This is, in millions, the number of children still out of school around the world.”

According to the “Le Monde” Journal of 1 September 2022

"No one can accept this situation. Education is a right and we must do everything to ensure that this right is respected for every child,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey AZOULAY in a statement.

1945: UNESCO was created for education
2022: more than 200 million refugees do not attend school

"Of the 244 million children aged 6 to 18 who are out of school, over 40%, or 98 million, live in sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria (20.2 million), Ethiopia (10.5 million), the Democratic Republic of Congo (5.9 million) and Kenya (1.8 million) - according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.”

222 million children and youth worldwide are experiencing disruptions to their education or are not learning due to armed conflict, forced displacement, and climate-induced disasters.

9,000 students and educators were abducted, injured or killed in 85 countries between January 2020 and December 2021, during which there were more than 5,000 cases of attacks on education and military use of schools.

UNESCO and its partners present a commitment to action aimed at improving access and learning outcomes for children and youth affected by crises, support teachers and increase funding for humanitarian and development instruments.

The third celebration of the International Day for the Protection of Education from Attack took place at UNESCO on 9 September 2022.

The Director-General referred to UN Security Council Resolution 2601:

Friday, 30 October 2021: The Security Council unanimously adopted a historic resolution strongly condemning the attacks on schools, children and teachers and urging belligerents to immediately protect the right to education and the protection of classrooms in conflict.

The resolution makes explicit the links between education, peace and security. 

  • Today, violent conflict and forced displacement are on the rise worldwide.
  • In a short period of time, the war in Ukraine caused the largest refugee crisis in Europe since World War II.
  • It also has serious global impacts on food security, energy markets and commodity prices.
  • These, in turn, exacerbate the effects of fragility and conflict in Afghanistan, Ethiopia, the Sahel, Yemen and other parts of the world.
  • And this is happening at a time when countries are still facing health, economic and social setbacks from the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as the long-term risks posed by climate change. (World Bank)

What we do??

World Coalition for Education: 2020

  • More than 1.5 billion students and youth worldwide are or have been affected by the closure of schools and universities due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
  • The UNESCO World Coalition for Education is a platform for collaboration and exchange to protect the right to education during and after this unprecedented situation. It brings together more than 175 members from the United Nations family, civil society, academia and the private sector to work to ensure Pedagogical Continuity.
  • The tools developed under the flagship Gender Equality Program of the World Coalition for Education continue to have an impact on girls’ education and gender equality around the world. This includes areas inhabited by Indigenous communities hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Global Partnership for Education 2021-2025: A Strong Ambition for Global Education

The Global Partnership for Education is a multi-stakeholder partnership and funding platform that aims to strengthen education systems in developing countries to significantly increase the number of children in school and in learning.

Zonta International District 29

2021-2025 targets $5 billion over a five-year cycle. During the last G7, the United Kingdom, the European Union and Germany have already announced their contribution of €2.7 billion GPE (Global Partnership for Education) is the world’s largest fund dedicated exclusively to transforming education in low-income countries. As a unique, multi-stakeholder partnership, it works to provide quality education to all children, wherever they live, so that they can benefit from the opportunities that flow from it. click graphic to enlarge © www.globalpartnership.org

Global Education Meeting Ministerial Debate, July 2021

Audrey Azoulay concludes by addressing the ministers, “The commitments you make here will only make sense if they are followed by results, by putting education back at the top of our political agenda.”

Paris Declaration, November 2021

“We, Heads of State and Government, Ministers and Delegates; leaders of multilateral organizations, civil society, youth and teacher representatives, foundations and the private sector, met in Paris, France, on November 10, 2021, on the occasion of the World Education Meeting (2021 GEM). We welcome the strong commitment that all stakeholders have shown here in Paris, France, a world capital of education……

….. We highlight the urgent need to address crises and educational inequalities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.19, which threaten the hard-won progress towards achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and further distance marginalized groups and learners, especially those living in poverty, remote and rural areas, women and girls, those affected by crises and conflicts, and people with disabilities.”

© UNICEF/Aleksey Filippov | In Ukraine, schools on both sides of the front line have been damaged or destroyed

Education Futures, June 2022

UNESCO’s Future of Education initiative aims to rethink education and shape the future. It aims to spark a global debate on the need to reinvent knowledge and learning in an increasingly complex, uncertain and precarious world.

Transforming Education Together for Just and Sustainable Futures: Statement of the International Commission on the Future of Education

Education Transformation, September 2022

The summit was held at the United Nations. The thematic actions resulting from it: inclusive schools: teachers, teaching and teaching profession; learning and skills for life, work and sustainable development; digital learning and transformation; financing education.

What great masses since 2020!!!

We need to ensure that all commitments are made, and Education Transformation in particular – We, Zonta international are very interested in the follow-up of commitments, in particular on the situation of girls.

“The commitments you make here will only make sense if they are followed by results, by putting education back at the top of our political agenda, Audrey Azoulay.”

"We are partners of UNESCO - With our status as NGO partners we can and must bring back the information." Lydia Chaillou