UNITED NATIONS (AP) – Friday’s deputy chief executive U. said that there is a “frightening” crisis in education, referring to the 258 million children under 17 years of age who are not going to school – and only 49 per cent. first finishing second level education.

In addition, about 770 million adults are illiterate, mostly women, Deputy Secretary Amina Mohammed said to the General Assembly U.N. on International Education Day.

She said the story was “frightening,” not only because of the millions who are not being educated – and never did – but also “because of the crisis in the number of children, young people and adults in education, but not learning. ”

Former British prime minister Gordon Brown, the United Nations special educational delegate, said he was still “scared” of more than 400 million children leaving school well at age 11 or 12 and “800 million children”. leaving the education system without any qualifications worthy of their name. ”

U.N’s goal for 2030 is to “ensure comprehensive and high quality education for all and to promote lifelong learning.” T

At an event hosted by the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in Paris, UNESCO’s Director General Audrey Azoulay said “not only do we need huge investment, but education systems are in need of reform.” T

To reconsider education and prepare future generations to deal with major issues such as the digital revolution and climate crisis, Azoulay said that an independent commission of experts was appointed by UNESCO last September led by Ethiopian President Sahle-Work Zewde. to report in November 2021 on the Future of Education.

Brown said that the situation is “so heavy” today that there are 75 million children in countries affected by crises and who are unable to go to school, whose education has been disrupted, and that no education standard has been achieved. at them.

Yasmine Sherif, director of Education Can’t Wait, the first global fund dedicated to emergency education, said to a United Nations news conference: “Think about what will happen to this generation, and to all of us day one, if this is not 75 million children have access to a right, continuous and continuing education, ”she said.

The fund has secured almost $ 590 million commitments since it began three years ago and is helping young people in 30 countries in conflict and crisis from Syria and Afghanistan and Mali, Bangladesh and the Central African Republic, t she said.

Brown, who chairs the fund’s high level steering group, said it is vital for all levels of education. He said only a fraction of refugees – 1-3 percent – proceed to higher education. in comparison, for example, to Syria where it was 20 percent before the conflict began in 2011.

General Assembly President Tijjani Muhammad-Bande told the U.N event that “school enrollment rates have increased worldwide, with more children going to school, and staying longer in school.

“While this is commendable,” he said, “it is unacceptable that around 258 million children and young people do not attend school in the last 20 years, 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do a basic math and millions of refugees and internally displaced people, and people with disabilities, are out of school, ”he said.

Muhammad-Bande called this “bad injury” and urged governments to ensure access to “free, high quality primary and secondary education, as well as affordable and comprehensive vocational and technical education.” T

Deputy Secretary-General Mohammed said: “This international day must be a call to action … so that quality education for all is not a goal for tomorrow, but reality.”

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