Ed­u­ca­tion for ev­ery­one

The Southern Gazette - - EDITOR’S VIEWPOINT - Edi­tor; Bruno Mar­quis, Gatineau, Que­bec

Mil­lions of chil­dren will soon be back to school. But not in many coun­tries in sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa, Asia or the Mid­dle East.

Around the world, al­most 57 mil­lion el­e­men­tary schoolaged chil­dren – es­pe­cially girls – don’t go to school at all. Mil­lions more re­ceive a poor-qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion and will not be able to read, write or count.

In­vest­ing in ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion is one of the best ways to fight poverty.

Over the last twelve years, the num­ber of out-of-school pri­mary school-aged chil­dren has de­creased from 102 mil­lion to 57 mil­lion, with sup­port from mech­a­nisms like the ‘Global Part­ner­ship for Ed­u­ca­tion (GPE)’. Such a de­crease will surely have a huge im­pact on re­duc­ing poverty over a long pe­riod of time.

The GPE is an ef­fec­tive global part­ner­ship, de­voted to en­sur­ing all chil­dren are en­rolled and re­ceiv­ing a qual­ity ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion. Through its pooled fund­ing model, the GPE pro­vides de­vel­op­ment part­ner coun­tries with ad­di­tional in­cen­tives to de­velop and im­ple­ment sound national ed­u­ca­tion plans.

As more coun­tries rec­og­nize the im­por­tance of ba­sic ed­u­ca­tion, there has been an un­prece­dented de­mand for ed­u­ca­tional re­sources glob­ally.

Canada is among the rich coun­tries con­tribut­ing to the GPE, but is still not con­tribut­ing its five per cent share as a de­vel­oped coun­try. To do so, it would need to in­crease its con­tri­bu­tion from $45 mil­lion to $125 mil­lion over a pe­riod of three years.

Let’s just hope Canada will make this move in the right di­rec­tion over the next months.

One hun­dred twenty-five mil­lion dollars over three years is not such a big com­mit­ment for a coun­try like Canada. Let’s re­mem­ber by restor­ing cor­po­rate tax rates to their level be­fore 2008, Canada would have saved $5.4 bil­lion two years ago and $11.2 bil­lion last year.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.