Five things you need to know about Global Citizenship Education this week (January 7, 2022) – world
New education funding can’t wait will help hundreds of thousands of children in crisis countries access learning – as well as Ugandan students return to school after two years.
Education lifeline for children in countries in crisis
Hundreds of thousands of vulnerable children in crisis areas will be able to learn this year thanks to significant funding from the United Nations Emergency Education Fund.
Education can’t wait announced four major grants to countries affected by displacement, conflict and Covid-19. The aim is for this funding to mobilize additional funding to expand the programs.
In Bangladesh, a grant of $ 13.2 million will reach 130,000 Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi children, of which 60% will go to girls’ education and 10% to help children with disabilities. ECW and partners will scale up the multi-year program to reach 350,000 young people affected by the pandemic and the Rohingya refugee crisis.
âThese children and youth have lived through the trauma of losing their homes and loved ones, and have suffered long-term displacement, fires and the devastating effects of Covid-19,â said ECW Director Yasmine Sherif.
In Burundi, a $ 12 million grant will reach more than 130,000 girls and boys affected by crises that have left 1.9 million children and adolescents out of school. The program aims to catalyze additional funds to reach 300,000 vulnerable young people.
In Lebanon, another $ 12 million grant will reach more than 233,000 girls and boys, two-thirds of whom are refugees. An additional investment would help 875,000 vulnerable school-age girls and boys.
In Pakistan, $ 13.2 million will help 155,000 children and adolescents, 60% of whom are girls and 12% children with disabilities.
Ugandan schools will finally reopen
Uganda has revealed details of how children will finally return to school after the world’s longest education disruption caused by Covid-19. Most children have been excluded from classrooms since March 2020.
President Yoweri Museveni has confirmed that all kindergartens, primary and secondary schools will reopen from Monday, with start dates staggered by class and region.
In the United States, schools in some cities, including Chicago, have delayed their planned return to classrooms this week or have switched to distance learning.
But White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients said, “We know how to keep our children safe in school. About 96% of schools are open.”
Philippines to repair schools destroyed by typhoon
The Philippines will have to spend more than $ 60 million to rebuild and repair schools damaged by Typoon Rai last month.
About 15 million students in 35,000 schools have been affected in one way or another by the devastating weather conditions, with many schools also flooded or used as shelters for displaced families.
Education Secretary Leonor Briones said the money was needed after 1,086 classrooms were completely destroyed and 1,316 damaged.
During a press briefing, he showed photos of damaged schools. He said that one of them, Baybay Elementary School in Siargao, “seemed to have passed through the mill.”
Young people recover a building used as a prison
A building used as a prison by the Islamic State in Iraq has been taken over by young people as a center where they can learn life and leadership skills, play educational games and become more involved in their communities.
Previously, it was used as a âYouth Houseâ until Islamic State turned it into a prison in 2014 and left it badly damaged.
The young people decided to return it to its original use and the Ramadi Youth Safe Space is now officially open after being renovated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
Rita Columbia, UNFPA Representative in Iraq, said: âI am very proud of the young volunteers who had a dream and made it come true.
Ghana doubles education funding
Ghana has nearly doubled its spending on education and placed more emphasis on education, its president revealed this week.
Nana Akufo-Addo thanked teachers for their commitment during the pandemic by announcing that her government’s investment in education had increased by 95% since her presidency began in 2017.
He said, âTo ensure the success of our nation, we must pay attention to teachers. Only a group of well-trained and motivated teachers can help provide the educated and skilled workforce we need to transform our economy and our nation â.
A 2020 report showed that around 70% of Ghanaian children complete primary education, but only 47% complete lower secondary and 35% complete upper secondary.