India lags 50 years behind Universal Education Goals

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With the right education, the world is half way through its problems. We can fight poverty and hunger if our population is educated. However, India is yet to wait for another 50 years to achieve universal education goals.

According to Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report released by UNESCO on Monday, as per the current trends, India is going to be more than a half century late for the 2030 education deadline laid in Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) agenda.

As per the GEM report, India is most likely to attain universal primary education by 2050, universal lower secondary education by 2060, while universal upper secondary education by 2085.

UNESCO report finds that almost whole world is lagging behind the target. Only 64 countries could meet 2015 target on primary education, while 40 per cent will not achieve 2030 goal on secondary education until 2100.

Insightful stats disclose that over 60 million children in India get little or no formal education. Education in backward and rural areas is primarily dependent on private education set ups or NGOs, due to little or low support from the structured education programs.

As per the report, as much as 11.1 million students are out-of-school in the country. We have highest out of the school students in the world.

At the upper secondary level, 46.8 million are out of school, while 2.9 million students do not even attend primary school.

Further the report says that the 2030 deadline for “sustainable development goals” can be achieved only if India introduces fundamental changes in the education sector.

The report says there is an urgent need for greater headway in education and the sector needs a major transformation to fill the needed potential and meet the current challenges facing humanity and the planet.

The report also refers to Education for People and Planet report that concentrates on the need for education systems to step up attention to environmental concerns.

“The new global development agenda calls for education ministers and other education actors to work in collaboration with other sectors,” it said.

The report has also called upon governments of various countries to start taking inequalities in education seriously, tracking them by collecting information directly from families.

The GEM Report lists various benefits that could come if education actors work in collaboration with other sectors.

The collaborative working may help delivery of health intervention through schools, contribution in increasing crop yields by 12 percent and contribution of education in reducing population growth.

“If we want a greener planet and sustainable futures for all, we must ask more from our education systems than just a transfer of knowledge. We need our schools and lifelong learning programs to focus on economic, environmental and social perspectives that help nurture empowered, critical, mindful and competent citizens,” said Aaron Benavot, Director of the GEM Report.

Wefornews Bureau

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