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Education is a precious resource, of this there is no doubt. Many people owe their entire careers to teaching. It is easy to see why it is such a priority among the lives of many. However, there are barriers which prevent education from being more commonplace. We’re going to explore 10 of those obstacles here and now, to see what the main challenges are.
Malala Yousafzai is a 21 year old female education activist and the youngest Nobel Prize Laureate. From the Swat Valley in northwest Pakistan, she was shot by the Taliban for her activism. On her sixteenth birthday, Malala spoke at the United Nations, calling for education accessibility. She is the author of I am Malala, an autobiography.
Providing education for girls and adolescent girls living in crisis and conflict is the single most powerful act we can take to empower a marginalized gender. As a global community committed to end violence against women, promote women leadership and ensure universal access to education, anything less would miss the target.
Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), renamed as the Newly Merged Districts (NMDs) of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is a tribal region of Pakistan on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border that remained under decades of isolation, terrorism, and human rights violations. This region is now moving toward stability—a great sigh of relief for its five million residents. Following the peace establishment, rehabilitation, and resettlement of FATA communities in 2015, its integration with the KP province has initiated a whole new era of development and growth. Importantly, education is one of the first sectors to integrate with KP and initiate reforms.
NEW YORK – Lorsqu’elle a quitté le Rwanda avec sa famille en 2001 pour devenir une réfugiée au Malawi, Amélie Fabian, alors âgée de six ans, était déterminée à ne pas manquer l’école. Au Malawi, elle a dû supplier ses parents pour qu’ils la laissent aller en classe. Parce qu’elle était étrangère, elle subissait les brimades des autres élèves et des enseignants. Elle a dû changer d’école à plusieurs reprises. « Pas une seule fois je n’ai envisagé de laisser tomber », se rappelle Amélie Fabian.
Ses excellentes notes lui ont permis de faire partie des 80 étudiants réfugiés autorisés à poursuivre des études universitaires au Canada dans le cadre du Programme d’étudiants réfugiés de ce pays. Après avoir décroché ses diplômes à l’Université McGill de Montréal, Amélie Fabian a récemment commencé à travailler comme comptable pour Deloitte, un cabinet d’audit et de conseil.
« J’attends avec impatience le jour où mon histoire ne sera plus l’exception, mais sera devenue la norme », dit Amélie Fabian. « La communauté internationale doit faire davantage pour offrir aux enfants réfugiés, surtout aux filles, l’éducation qu’ils méritent ».
Gender equality is a fundamental human right and a top priority for Canada and its G7 Presidency. To make gender equality a reality, all women and girls around the world must have equal access to quality education and learning opportunities.
In Yemen, a makeshift school run by a remarkable survivor of the three-year-long civil war is teaching a fortunate few women to read and write. Taiz province is sandwiched between Houthi rebels in the north and government-controlled areas in the south.
Women with a secondary education have significantly greater bargaining power over resources within marriage, and greater choice over the age of marriage
When fighting stops, there is so much to do. During the battle for Ramadi last year, the Al-Rajaa school for girls was on the front line. It suffered huge damage. The school director, Zainab Faisai, has worked there for 36 years, and she was one of the last to leave. “Last year we were working in a primitive destroyed school. All of us, teachers and students, were psychologically exhausted,” Zainab remembers.
In the past few years, Zimbabwe has experienced two extreme weather events, both of which had serious implications for schoolchildren. In February 2016, the government declared a state of disaster related to a severe El Nino-induced drought that contributed to 6,000 children in a single province dropping out of school due to hunger, and approximately 25 percent of children in some parts of the country were unable to attend school regularly. In March of this year, the Ministry of Local Government, Public Works and National Housing reported that floods had destroyed equipment and infrastructure—including toilets, boreholes, and entire classrooms—in 74 schools. These floods also washed away roads, bridges, and dams, which meant that many schoolchildren weren’t able to get to their schools in the aftermath of the crisis in any case.
Conflict and violence has driven more than 25 million children between 6 and 15 years old – about 22 per cent of children in that age group – from schools in warzones across 22 countries, the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said.
“At no time is education more important than in times of war,” Josephine Bourne, the Chief of Education at UNICEF, said in a news release issued today.
“Changing the World of Refugee Girls Through Education”: this is the aim of a partnership between Procter & Gamble (P&G), UNESCO and Save the Children showcased during the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, on 17 January.
Children are being denied access to education in the central Afghanistan province of Maidan Wardak by a combination of conflict, poverty and conservative tradition, according to speakers at an IWPR event in the provincial capital Maidan Shahr.
The global push for women’s empowerment has been gaining steam since the mid-1990s and, in the just the past few years, we’ve been seeing a growing tempo of philanthropic activity in this area. Earlier this summer, for instance, we reported on the United State of Women Summit that the White House helped convene.
Nigeria is the largest country in Africa and also has some of the highest rates of out-of-school children in the world (UIS, 2010). The country faces severe challenges including high poverty levels, low enrollment, gender disparities, poor quality and relevance, poor infrastructure and learning conditions. GPE is supporting education in Nigeria with a $100 million grant for 2015-2019. The grant aims to improve girls’ education by providing cash transfers to encourage girls’ participation, scholarships for women to attend colleges of education, capacity-building and operational support on issues affecting girls’ retention and gender sensitivity.