Save the Children's response to Education Commission report 'The Learning Generation: Investing in education for a changing world'

Monday 19 September 2016

Removing the financial barriers that currently prevent millions of children from receiving a quality education is the laudable objective of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (the ‘Education Commission’) and their report, The Learning Generation: Investing in education for a changing world, both of which Save the Children strongly supports. 
 
In 2015, the world made a promise that by 2030 all children would have their right to a quality education fulfilled. Yet, based on current trends, we are way off track from achieving that goal – denying nearly one billion school-aged children a basic secondary-level education. This will have a disastrous impact for children, economies and societies.
 
While giving every last child a quality education is a massive challenge, it can be achieved within a generation – with political commitment and an increase in financing for education from Heads of State and Finance Ministers.
 
The report makes a compelling new case for investment in education – outlining why it must be prioritised and a roadmap for how we can create a ‘Learning Generation’. In particular, Save the Children strongly supports two key elements of this report and calls for greater action to ensure these recommendations are put into practice:

  1. Equity and the needs of the most deprived children: Successful education systems focus on reaching everyone, including the most disadvantaged and marginalised. Yet it is not an accident that millions of children are excluded and left behind as a result of a toxic combination of poverty and discrimination – depriving them of an opportunity to learn just because of who they are or where they live. Intentional targets and measures must be put in place to reach the most deprived, starting early and with a focus on early childhood development, pre-primary, and primary education.
  2. Time to walk the talk and increase financing: We need to mobilise more and better domestic resources for education, and to increase the international financing of education and improve its effectiveness.

The Education Commission’s report shows we can achieve Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 on inclusive and quality education for all, and in turn, help achieve all the SDGs. Save the Children is committed to playing its part and doing whatever it takes to ensure every last child has the right to a quality education by 2030.
 
The CEO of Save the Children International, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, is a member of the Education Commission and will be working with her colleagues to help promote these recommendations and turn them into practice.
 
Helle Thorning-Schmidt said: “A year ago, the world promised children the universal right to a quality education by 2030. As the Commission report shows, we are way off track from achieving that goal based on current trends, and this means we are depriving nearly one billion school-aged children of a basic secondary education. This will have a disastrous impact for children, economies and societies.
 
“While giving every last child a quality education is a massive challenge, the report conclusively shows that it can be achieved within a generation – with political commitment and an increase in financing for education from Heads of State and Finance Ministers. There are no excuses and world leaders must now step up or risk failing a generation of children.”

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