As per The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, “By 2030 ensure that every child completes free, equitable and quality primary and secondary education.” A group of highly recognised academicians, researchers and educationists confirmed that global education is in a critical state. There are-
- By 2030, an approximate 825 million children belonging from the economically deprived countries will not get their basic right to education. This will hinder their growth in the job market.
- A whopping 228 million children will not be in school.
- 400 million children will not have their requisite primary education.
- Many girls as boys will not even begin their education.
All these statistics, as disturbing as they seem, are a hard reality predicted till 2030. This may not change if we do not do anything about it. Every child defines the future of our country and we have to ensure that we empower their present to create a better and stronger future.
Quality education is every child’s birth right and it is imperative that measures are taken to address this issue systematically. In India, there has been substantial development in prioritising education and emphasising on the importance of children completing it. The net enrolment ratio in primary education is at 100% and the youth literacy rate is 94% for males and 92% for females.
The Indian governments’ scheme ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ (Education for All), is aimed at achieving quality education, in general, for all Indians. With a lot of complementing schemes to propagate this, such as teacher training programs, nutritional support programs, etc. the government is looking at ways to empower the children of the country along with promoting overall growth and development.
Globally, children are the future and it is up to the respective countries and their people to help them spread their wings equitably. The right to an inclusive and safe environment with a quality education is a must for all children. Education is the most powerful tool in achieving sustainable development of the country and ensuring that all children receive their basic primary education at least is a step towards progress. The UN SDG 4 aims at removing the stark disparity between urban and rural education that is visible in most countries.
Every child is a contributor to the growth of the country and through combined, global and local, efforts there is a possibility of making this dream a reality across the world. Let us give our children the future they deserve by collaborating effortlessly with their present!