United Nations General secretary Antonio Guterres request a unified effort to promote education for all and protect middle and low income country children to get their fundamental right, Education. To mark the International Day of Education on Sunday, United Nations General secretary Antonio Guterres has sent a video message. In the video message Guterres paid tribute to the resilience of students, teachers and families in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, which, at its peak, forced almost every school, institute and university to close its doors.
Eventhough this disruption has led to learning innovations, it has also dashed hopes of a brighter future among vulnerable populations, said Guterres. "All of us pay the price. After all, education is the foundation for expanding opportunities, transforming economies, fighting intolerance, protecting our planet and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals". As the world continues to battle the pandemic, education, as a fundamental right and a global public good, must be protected to avert a generational catastrophe, secretary said.
He quoted a data, some 258 million children and adolescents were out of school even before the pandemic outbreak, the majority of them girls. More than half of 10-year-old students in low- and middle-income countries were not learning to read a simple text. He concluded saying, "In 2021, we must seize all opportunities to turn this situation around. We must ensure the full replenishment of the Global Partnership for Education fund, and strengthen global education cooperation. We must also step up our efforts to re-imagine education -- training teachers, bridging the digital divide and rethinking curricula to equip learners with the skills and knowledge to flourish in our rapidly changing world. Let us commit to promote education for all -- today and every day".