Almost six million children turn ten every month without acquiring the basic literacy skills for their age. This comes from a new analytics tool launched on Monday.
The interactive Lost Potential Tracker tool, created by ONE Campaign, Global Partnership for Education (GPE), shows that more than 393 million children have failed to acquire basic literacy skills by the age of 10 since the goals were set . Sustainable development (SDG) in 2015.
According to its creators, Lost Potential Tracker shows the extent of the global learning crisis. For the first time, both education professionals and the general population can follow in real time the growing number of children who by the age of 10 cannot read and understand a simple sentence.
It also features stories about children affected by the global education crisis, and enables users to put themselves in the shoes of the political class and see firsthand how effective funding can help shape the course of childhood change.
Overall, this tracker estimates the number of minors who lose their potential every year and every month, thanks to calculations of the official figures on “educational poverty” by the World Bank and UNESCO and the population data of the United Nations for all 10-year-old boys and girls. Week, day, hour and second.
With no obligation to fund education effectively, the organizations behind Lost Potential Tracker ensure that the world not only fails to meet its educational goals by 2030, but also runs the risk of losing the next generation of professionals in areas essential for growth of education are crucial.
“These figures show the shocking failure of world leaders to protect and prioritize children’s education,” said ONE Campaign Executive Director Tom Hart, who emphasized that “there is too much at stake than we could go on with the flow. ” Focus. “
“When children can move from learning to read to reading to learn, they prepare for lifelong learning and can thrive in childhood and adulthood,” he added, urging “resumption of progress for change.” “Your future depends on it. Our world depends on it,” he warned.
GPE CEO Alice Albright recalled that “learning to read and write are fundamental pillars for all children to be successful” and, in her opinion, the tool shows “the critical world” when it is not there “Priority” on education. “Without immediate political and economic commitment, the futures of millions of children could be threatened,” he added.
Meanwhile, Inger Ashing, Executive Director of Save the Children International, has mentioned the role of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated the “unprecedented” education crisis in the world.
“If we are to meet our commitments to adhere to the SDGs and to realize children’s right to access to education, it is important to improve literacy levels,” said Ashing, who stressed that reading is a “prerequisite”. Skills that provide access to a full curriculum. “” Without being able to read, your chances in life decrease, “he summarized.
“This is especially important for children in some of the poorest and most conflict-affected countries for whom it is more important than ever to go back to school and catch up on learning,” he continued, before realizing that there was an “urgent need.” “There is a need for governments and donors to prioritize addressing the learning crisis” to ensure a better future for children around the world. “
As part of the Global Week of Action on Education, the three organizations have called on governments to allocate at least $ 5 billion (more than 4.1 million euros) to the follow-up conference to the Global Partnership on Education, supporting the two global goals set for Girls’ Education by Britain .