As we celebrate International Day of Education, Think Human Foundation raises awareness of the need for quality education in non-academic activities and in the school system through social and emotional learning, digital literacy and innovative teaching to restore the love of learning.
Education in numbers
According to UNESCO, 244 million children and youth are out of school, and 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math. There is a crisis in foundational learning, literacy and numeracy skills among young learners.
“Over 600 million adolescents worldwide are unable to attain minimum proficiency levels in reading and mathematics, even though two thirds of them are in school” according to Unicef. There is a huge mismatch between the levels of learning children receive and what economies need. Moreover, children who start primary school late – often rural children, children from lower socio-economic backgrounds, refugee children, working children – may struggle to make up for lost ground and are at high risk of dropping out.
Why education is important
Education is the most powerful tool that can be used to eradicate poverty and improve the livelihoods of marginalized youth in society. Quality education focuses on the social, emotional, mental and cognitive development of students. Also, access to education ensures that present and future generations of youth have the tools they need to successfully navigate the school-to-work transition. As well as securing decent work which is essential for the well-being of both young people and the economy as a whole. By promoting life-long learning opportunities, we facilitate an inclusive quality education.
Through the different associations supported by Think Human Foundation, young children are able to receive education and trainings to develop their skills. Associations such as Ensena Peru sometimes accompany schools where only 2 out of 10 students can perform mathematical operations in their class. Empowering teachers with innovative training can help them deliver quality education to students in rural areas.
Madagascar is ranking 161 out of 189 in the human development Index and have alarming social indicators. Only 1 out of 3 children completes primary education. Countries with large numbers of children not enrolled in early childhood education are missing a critical opportunity to invest in human capital and risk creating deep inequalities early on. THF supports 40 orphans and young adults from Colorie Ma Vie to keep on their quality education studies and get followed by teachers in their housing.
Education is the key to solving the 21rst century challenges. It is one of the UN’s specific sustainable development goals, but it is also crucial to achieving five other goals: no poverty, good health and wellbeing, gender equality, decent work and reduced inequalities.