Education is a human right. It is one of the most powerful tools in lifting socially excluded children and adults out of poverty and into society. UNESCO data shows that if all adults completed secondary education, globally the number of people living in poverty could be reduced by more than half.
However, the real facts are that as of 2022, 244 million children and young people lack access to education globally. Basic education is facing a significant crisis worldwide, due to economic fragility, political instability, conflict, and natural disasters across the globe. This disproportionately hinders access for children with disabilities, from ethnic minorities and also in many countries limiting access to education for girls. Based on research, 60% of children worldwide struggle to read and understand a simple text by the time they are ten years old. This has only been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, the largest disruption to education in history.
In 2021, low-income countries (LIC) saw a year-on-year increase in education spending, largely driven by a rise in government funding. However, despite this increase in funding, it has so far failed to adequately address the learning deficit from the pandemic.
It’s vital to push for stronger education systems and a framework guaranteeing equal opportunities for everyone. Fortunately, many MzN Partners are working on just that. Over the past years, we have helped them attract long-term funding through good business development. Here are some of the donor we established funding lines with for our Partners.
UNICEF operates daily in some of the world’s most challenging regions, committed to upholding the rights of children and securing their futures. Spanning over 190 countries and territories, UNICEF’s impact is unparalleled, reaching a greater number of children and youth than any other global entity. Amidst the challenges, UNICEF delves into a multitude of educational projects, endeavors, and collaborations, striving to create a world where every child has access to quality education, regardless of their circumstances. Through these concerted efforts, UNICEF seeks to foster transformative change, empowering children to build brighter and more hopeful futures.
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To follow their call for proposals please visit the website.