Education and Equity – still trying!

We hear many stories about the lack of investment in education -particularly for the early years, but we should also consider how the present investment is being made -does everyone get a fair share?

INEE has brought our attention to two new publications:

The Investment Case for Education and Equity
UNICEF  

UNICEF has launched a publication, The Investment Case for Education and Equity and is the first in a larger series of investment cases to be published in 2015. The report highlights the causes of the education crisis today and focuses on how insufficient funding and inequitable use of existing resources contributes to this crisis.The Investment Case for Education and Equity calls on governments and donors to invest more and invest better: more resources need to be invested more equitably and effectively so that all children, especially the most vulnerable, can benefit from education.  It also calls for a greater role for the private sector and other non-traditional donors in mobilizing funding and resources for education.
And what if you are not in school? Who is investing in those millions of children and young people who are not accessing  education?
Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All
UNICEF, UNESCO Institute for Statistics
The persistent challenges we face globally are outlined in Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All, released recently by the Out-of-School Children Initiative, a partnership between UNICEF and UNESCO. About 63 million adolescents aged 12 to 15 are denied their right to an education. Globally, 1 in 5 adolescents are not in school compared to 1 in 11 primary school-age children. So adolescents are twice as likely to be out of school as their younger counterparts. The report also shows that as children get older, the risk that they will never start school or will drop out increases.

Children particularly affected are the most marginalized in the world. They are children who live in conflict-affected regions, work to help support their families, or face discrimination based on ethnicity, gender and disability. Fixing the Broken Promise of Education for All advocates for new policy approaches that will enable the 121 million children and adolescents that are not in school to access quality education.

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