Wednesday, January 31st, 2018
Have you ever thought about the education that is provided for the kids in developing countries? Now compare it here, we have a great supply of teachers and schools that give us the most amount of education we need. Don’t you think we should all get the amount of education we need? Which is why I think we should support education in developing world countries, so every kid gets to have the same experience we also get here in Canada.
With all the illnesses and diseases we have in countries, many kids wouldn’t know how to prevent or treat it. With education, people are better prepared to prevent diseases and to use health services effectively. Studies showed that young people who have completed primary education are less than half as likely to contract HIV as those with little or no schooling. Also, it increases a person’s chances of having a healthy life, reduces maternal deaths, and combats diseases such as HIV and AIDS.
All countries, regardless of their national wealth, stand to gain from more and better education. According to a recent OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development) report, providing every child with access to education and the skills needed to participate fully in society would boost GDP by an average 28% per year in lower-income countries and 16% per year in high-income countries for the next 80 years. Of course, this will cost money. According to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), to meet our basic education targets by 2030, we must close an external annual financing gap of about $22 billion. But we have the resources necessary to deliver. What is lacking is the political will to make the needed investments.
Many think since they live in such a developed country, they cancel out all the other countries who need the education. That’s upsetting and frustrating to hear, we should all have the equal amount of not just education, but respect for their countries. Education is a human right. And, like other human rights, it cannot be taken for granted. Across the world, 59 million children and 65 million adolescents are out of school. More than 120 million children do not complete primary education. Behind these figures, there are children and youth being denied not only a right, but opportunities, a fair chance to get a decent job, and to escape poverty.
The good news is, success is possible! Thanks to greater attention from the global community and concerted efforts on the part of individual countries, the world has seen success in increasing access to basic education. Now, go back to my question, do you think we should all get the amount of education we need? Education is a right for everyone. It is a right for girls, just as it is for boys. It is a right for disabled children, just as it is for everyone else. It is a right for the 37 million out-of-school children and youth in countries affected by crises and conflicts. Education is a right regardless of where you are born and where you grow up. It is time to ensure that the right is upheld.