Education must be prioritised against the backdrop of economic recession, Hope For Children CRC Policy Centre said on Tuesday.
About 123 million young people aged 15 to 24 world-wide lack basic literacy skills, the non-profit said, citing European Union official figures in an announcement marking the International Day of Education.
“Education is a human right enshrined in Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” the statement added, noting that Hope For Children joins the call of the UN to maintain strong political mobilisation around education and translate commitments and initiatives into action.
The International Day of Education was proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly on January 24, in celebration of the role of education for peace and development. On Tuesday, the fourth International Day of Education is marked under the theme: ‘To invest in people, prioritise education’.
“To accelerate progress towards all the sustainable development goals set by the 2030 UN agenda, education must be prioritised against the backdrop of economic recession, raising inequalities and the climate crisis,” it said.
According to Hope For Children, “only lifelong, quality education starting early in life can empower people to break out of poverty by acquiring the necessary skills for decent jobs with the possibility for constant development.”
The NGO called on the government and other key stakeholders to support the UN call and take action.
Fulfilling the right to education, it said, requires that investment is provided with the aim to deliver appropriate and inclusive education accessible to all children regardless of their socioeconomic status, origin or type of disability.
“Together we can co-create new ways of learning and teaching materials based on the needs of children,” the organisation said, highlighting its support to the design and implementation of policies that promote quality and lifelong learning opportunities.
Hope For Children CRC Policy Centre provides targeted training and non-formal education programs to children, parents, and teachers. Hope For Children also operates two shelters, under the name Homes for Hope, for the accommodation and support of unaccompanied children. The children hosted are provided with multi-disciplinary care aiming to cover all aspects of their daily lives and respond to their needs while developing important life skills.
“By properly equipping the youth for the future we can transform the future,” the announcement added.
For more information regarding the educational programs of Hope For Children, you can visit the website www.uncrcpc.org.cy or call at 22 103234.