UN / INTERNATIONAL DAY OF EDUCATION

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Marking the International Day of Education, the President of the General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, said, “it is unacceptable that twenty years into the 21st Century, about 258 million children and youth do not attend school, 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math and millions of refugees and internally displaced persons, and people with disabilities are out of school.” UNIFEED

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DATELINE: 24 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY / FILE

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FILE – RECENT, NEW YORK CITY

1. Wide shot, exterior UN headquarters

24 JANUARY 2020, NEW YORK CITY

2. Wide shot, conference room
3. Wide shot, dais
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President, 74th session of the General Assembly:
“It is unacceptable that twenty years into the 21st Century, about 258 million children and youth do not attend school, 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math and millions of refugees and internally displace persons, and people with disabilities are out of school. This is a blight on the progress we have made and governments around the world would have to pay more attention and engender needed partnerships to ensure access to free and quality primary and secondary education, as well as affordable and inclusive vocational and technical education.”
5. Wide shot, conference room
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, President, 74th session of the General Assembly:
“Education enhances the analytical, inventive, and critical thinking capacities of human beings, and in the process, accelerating each nation’s technological attainments and economic growth. When a society remains perpetually under-developed, it must among other things re-evaluate its education system. If the system is dysfunctional or does not facilitate the acquisition of pertinent knowledge and skills, the economy will, at best, stagnate, and at worst, collapse.”
7. Wide shot, dais
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Amina J. Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations:
“Without education, we cannot achieve any of the SDGs, and yet, with 2030 looming on the horizon, the world is lagging behind. This is why the Secretary-General has issued a global call for a Decade of Action, to accelerate the implementation of the SDGs. The situation in education is alarming. Alarming because of the crisis in the number of children, young people and adults who are not in education. Alarming also because of the crisis in the number of children, young people and adults who are in education, but not learning.”
9. Wide shot, end of meeting

STORYLINE:

Marking the International Day of Education, the President of the General Assembly, Tijjani Muhammad-Bande, today (24 Jan) said, “it is unacceptable that twenty years into the 21st Century, about 258 million children and youth do not attend school, 617 million children and adolescents cannot read and do basic math and millions of refugees and internally displaced persons, and people with disabilities are out of school.”

Addressing an event to mark the Day, Muhammad-Bande said, “this is a blight on the progress we have made and governments around the world would have to pay more attention and engender needed partnerships to ensure access to free and quality primary and secondary education, as well as affordable and inclusive vocational and technical education.”

The President of the GA said, “when a society remains perpetually under-developed, it must among other things re-evaluate its education system,” and added that “if the system is dysfunctional or does not facilitate the acquisition of pertinent knowledge and skills, the economy will, at best, stagnate, and at worst, collapse.”

For her part, Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed said, “without education, we cannot achieve any of the SDGs, and yet, with 2030 looming on the horizon, the world is lagging behind.”

Mohammed said “the situation in education is alarming. Alarming because of the crisis in the number of children, young people and adults who are not in education. Alarming also because of the crisis in the number of children, young people and adults who are in education, but not learning.”

The right to education is enshrined in article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The declaration calls for free and compulsory elementary education. The Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted in 1989, goes further to stipulate that countries shall make higher education accessible to all.

When it adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, the international community recognized that education is essential for the success of all 17 of its goals. Sustainable Development Goal 4, in particular, aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” by 2030.
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