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From the Global Campaign for Education (Johannesburg, South Africa):
20 September 2010
Somalia and Haiti have topped a list of the world’s worst places to be a school child as a new report from the Global Campaign for Education, backed by organisations including Education International, Oxfam, Plan, Save the Children and VSO warned that poor countries are teetering on the brink of an education crisis with the growth in access to education now stalling.
This press release does not mention that both Somalia and Haiti are countries greatly suffering from military intervention by the United States government and its allies. Somalia is partly occupied by foreign troops, which have a history of atrocities against Somalian civilians.
Why does the press release not mention this? Might the fact that British ex Prime Minister Gordon Brown, a supporter of Western military intervention, has been appointed recently to the High Level Panel for the Global Campaign for Education, have blunted the extent to which the Campaign dares to criticize the establishment?
The agencies, which are part of the Global Campaign for Education who authored the report shows how, despite promises from leaders across the world, chronic under investment in education means that 69 million children are still out of school. The key findings of the report titled “Back to School?” include:
* Economic impact leading to cuts in education provision: Millions of children are becoming the victims of the financial crisis with poor countries’ education budgets being cut by $4.6 bn a year. In the last twelve months Kenya had to delay the provision for free education to 9.7 million children due to budgetary constraints.
* Unequal provision of education: In Nigeria, the sixth biggest oil producer in the world, a lack of political will is a major factor in the country having the highest number of children out of school in the world. Gross inequality in the provision of education has led to 8.2 million children out of primary school with many more dropping out within the first year. Over half of these children are in the north of the country, with girls suffering the most with many receiving just 6 months of education in their lives.
* Secondary and tertiary education: While there has been progress in primary provision of education, only one country in Africa has more than 50% of its children in secondary school.
The report shows that education investment should form a significant part of the international community’s global recovery package which will be discussed at the G20 in Korea in November. The dividend that education provides to people is clear as adults that complete an education earn 50% more than those that don’t. New research from UNESCO estimates that 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty if they left school just with basic reading skills.
… The report shows that delivering education for all is highly achievable and brings other poverty dividends such as reducing HIV deaths by seven million and doubling child survival by 50% if mothers are educated.
Sadly some rich countries don’t direct their aid budgets at the poorest countries or where inequalities are most extreme, but use their aid budgets to underwrite their University systems. … France is guilty of the same practices and further misuses its aid budget to underwrite former colonies, with the island of Mayotte receiving $67 mn of France’s education budget – the equivalent to $1099 per child – while other children in Africa receive 50 cents.
GCE is calling on leaders meeting at the United Nations in New York this week to make funding for education a priority in order to meet the target of universal access to basic schooling by 2015. It argues that poor countries should spend 20% of their national budget on education, abolishing school fees and be supported to hire an additional 1.9 million teachers so that every child can have access to education.
In addition, rich countries must agree a ‘step up plan’ to reach the $16 bn per year needed to achieve Education For All with an immediate doubling of aid to basic education to $8 bn in 2011. They also should end the practice of reporting university costs and assistance to overseas territories as aid, agree a financial transaction tax which would contribute to the provision of education and ensure the World Bank and IMF pursue policies that promote investment in quality public education.
Kailash Satyarthi, President of the Global Campaign for Education said: “Girls are the real victims of the world’s failure to invest in education with millions unable to enter school. The argument for prioritizing education is clear. If scientists can genetically modify food and NASA can send missions to Mars, politicians must be able to find the resources to get millions of children into school and change the prospects of a generation of children.”
Somali PM quits over differences: Omar Abdirashid Sharmarke says he has stepped down after being unable to work: here.
Somalians are set to suffer a massive new military onslaught later in the year when an army of several thousand armed gunmen trained by its neighbours is unleashed on the country: here.
Haitian Women at Increased Risk of Trafficking: here.
USA: “Dr. No” Coburn Holding Up Millions Of Dollars In Aid For Haiti Earthquake Survivors Over Obscure Objection: here.
Haiti recovery ‘paralysed’: here.
Haiti’s 1.3 Million Camp Dwellers Waiting in Vain: here.
The November 28 elections in Haiti will be a travesty of democracy, in which foreign investors seek to manipulate an election held amid terrible conditions after the January 2010 earthquake, with large sections of the electorate robbed of the right to vote: here.
A suspected cholera outbreak has killed at least 135 people in Haiti and endangered hundreds more who have been squeezed into unsanitary camps since the January earthquake that killed over a quarter of a million: here.