Majority of children supposed to be in school globally are still out of the learning process owing to poor quality of the education system, says global education stakeholders.
The global education system is currently grappling with a looming crisis leading to high rate of vulnerable children being excluded from the education system.
Child Fund International Country Director Chege Ngugi noted that globally progress towards education for all was unprecedented between 2000 and 2007 resulting in a decline in the number of primary school age children from 100 million to 60 million respectively.
However, in recent years, progress has stalled, leaving the, most vulnerable children excluded from education and learning. In 2012, nearly 58 million children of primary school going age and about 63 million adolescents of lower secondary school age were still out of school.
Many of them live in conflict-afflicted regions and emergency situations and others are poor as well, said Ngugi.
Ngugi says there is need by the global governments and other stakeholders to work together to tame the looming learning crisis and thus enable vulnerable children being excluded from the education systems to enjoy the same.
Over 130 million children are unable to read or write despite reaching grade four, said Ngugi during an Aflatoun International regional meeting to discuss their strategy in Nairobi.
Ngugi noted that the failure to learn has put children at a disadvantage at a very early stage and disparities increase as children move through grades.
However, the director noted that Aflatoun International 2016�2020 strategy is well placed to address some of the key gaps in the education system.
He called upon countries to invest and support curricular programmes that grow children skills at their teenage and prepare them for the labour market in future to support them become self-reliant.
In many countries, children and young people do not have the knowledge and skills to actively participate and contribute to their societies which are often characterized by weak education systems, poor social services, limited employment opportunities, emphasized Ngugi
Ngugi further explained that education, particularly for girls is a powerful tool for creating growth, decreasing the likelihood of conflict, increasing resilience and impacting future generations with wide reaching economic and social benefits.
Overall education is a right and a crucial opportunity that holds the key to a better life for a billion children and adolescents worldwide who deserve a life with less poverty, better health and increased ability to take their future into their own hands,’ said Ngugi
He a urged countries to help in giving social and financial support to organizations that support and take along children with special needs, since they are mostly affected and should be part of the community.
Ngugi voiced Aflatoun International support in providing children and youth with tools to build a better future by becoming socially and economically empowered as well as being inspired to discover their talents and stand up for their rights.
Anglophone Africa Programme Manager Letshani Ndlovu said their projects are aligned closely to a life stage approach that provide Social and Financial Education support that includes 0-5 years, 6-14 years and teenagers of 15-24 years.
She further explained that Aflatoun International approach has brought new meaning to children’s programming activities and maximized the potential resourcefulness and creativity of children.
Our partnership has provided opportunity to TOT trainings and provided training materials and resources including workbooks and manuals to enable the children have active learning approaches, Ndlovu said adding that their aim was to create independence to the children and not leave them without skills at their youth stage.
Thursday’s meeting sought to bring together all Aflatoun partners in Africa, to discuss challenges facing the children aimed at reaching as many children across the globe, included Child Fund International and Action for Child Development Trust (ACDT).
Source: Kenya News Agency