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Five things you need to know about global education this week (May 28, 2021) – world

How Education Cannot Wait has helped five million children in five years – and Mexico is preparing to reopen schools that have been closed since March 2020.

Helping children in countries affected by the crisis

Education Cannot Wait – the global fund for education in emergencies – marks five years to reach children in some of the world’s hardest-hit conflict and disaster areas.

The initiative was launched in 2016 after their world played a key role in the campaign to close a major humanitarian funding gap for education. At the time, less than 2% of humanitarian aid went to education while 75 million children were deprived of learning in crisis areas.

ECW has now helped five million children in 38 countries, but said it could reach 16 million if all of its multi-year programs were fully funded. And the ambitions go even further.

“The vision is to reach at least two-thirds of children and young people – 50% of whom are girls – in the regions of the world most affected by the crisis and to ensure them an inclusive and continuous education of quality”, declared Yasmine Sherif. The director of education cannot wait.

“But it will require making education in emergencies and protracted crises a top priority for funding by governments, the private sector and philanthropists.”

Read the full interview with Yasmine Sherif.

A current example of ECW’s work is in Mali, where solar radios are helping conflict-affected children continue their learning during the pandemic. Aichata, 15, from Ségou, received an ECW-funded radio from UNICEF to allow her to continue learning outside of school hours and to make up for lost time when schools were closed.

She said, “I could attend classes with this radio. It helped me catch up with my studies.

Theirworld President Justin van Fleet said: “If we build on the efforts that saw the historic establishment of ECW in 2016, the situation in 2030 does not need to be as dire as expected. predict it.

“If we involve all stakeholders, it is within our grasp to ensure that every child is in a safe school and receives a quality education.”

Their World has produced a practical guide for governments, donors and philanthropists to fund inclusive and quality education for all by 2030. Read the Guide to Financing Education.

Mexican schools will reopen after one year

Schools in Mexico are set to reopen for the first time since they were closed by the pandemic in March 2020.

Teachers and parents clean classrooms before the big day of June 7, after between 40% and 50% of schools report vandalism or theft.

“We come to support the school so that everything is clean for the children to return to class,” said Rosa Miron, one of the many mothers who clean a school in Mexico City.

New York and Los Angeles – the two largest public school districts in the United States – have announced plans to fully reopen schools. Some of New York’s 1.1 million students have split their time between school and home, while others are still only educated at home. None of these options will be offered from September.

In Los Angeles County, all 600,000 elementary, middle and high school students will also be allowed to take full-time classes after the summer, but with the option of staying at home.

Cartoon children help young learners

An animated television series will help develop the learning and life skills of young Fijian children whose early education has been disrupted by the pandemic.

Bula Kids presents five children who illustrate the diversity of the country. The show will focus on topics such as the alphabet, colors, counting and music, as well as basic hygiene, which premieres on May 31.

Developed entirely in the country with local characters, content and languages, Bula Kids is aimed at children aged two to six and their families.

The series was produced through a partnership between the Fijian Ministry of Education, Heritage and the Arts and UNICEF. Government Minister Rosy Akbar said: “Although our children need to be at home for their own safety, we provide a platform for children to learn, as well as parents to be directly involved in the process. learning process with their children. “

Calls to teach climate change in schools

International bodies and lobby groups are calling for climate change studies to become a standard part of the school curriculum around the world, saying the step is vital to meeting greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.

UNESCO has said environmental studies should be a standard education in all countries by 2025. But some environmental lobbies and politicians say the goal is too timid. Italian lawmaker Lorenzo Fioramonti, former education minister, said: “Without faster progress in education, there will be no chance of meeting the goal of zero net carbon emissions by here 2050 “.

New Zealand recently introduced climate change studies into its high school curriculum, and other countries like Argentina and Mexico have taken preliminary steps to do the same.

Theirworld The Key’s online advocacy resource has a section on education and climate change, which contains key facts and talking points for activists.

Myanmar ‘suspends 125,000 teachers’

More than 125,000 Myanmar teachers have been suspended by authorities for joining a civil disobedience movement to oppose the February military coup, an official from the teachers’ federation said.

The move came days before the start of a new school year, which some teachers and parents are boycotting as part of the campaign that has crippled the country since the coup interrupted a decade of democratic reforms.

Myanmar had 430,000 teachers according to the most recent data from two years ago. The country’s education system was already one of the poorest in the region and ranked 92 out of 93 countries in a global survey last year.

The anonymous official, who is also a teacher, told Reuters news agency: “These are just statements threatening people to go back to work. If they really fire that many people, the whole system will come to a halt. . “

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