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Three ways to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels

Responsible Business | Jan 24, 2019


“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” Malcolm X

On January 24th the world celebrates the inaugural International Day of Education. Without inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong opportunities for all, countries will not succeed in achieving gender equality and breaking the cycle of poverty that is leaving millions of children, youth and adults behind.

Below you will find 3 ways to ensure equal access to quality education:

1. Increase funding for quality education

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights makes clear that every child has the right to a free basic education.

For many of the poorest families, school remains too expensive and children are forced to stay at home doing chores or work themselves. For quality education to be provided to the children of impoverished families, investment is needed in educational scholarships, teacher training workshops, school building and improvement of water and electricity access to schools.

2. Make learning for people with disabilities more accessible

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Education is one of the most effective ways to break the cycle of discrimination and poverty that people with disabilities often face.

A combination of discrimination, lack of training in inclusive teaching methods among teachers, and a lack of accessible schools leave this group uniquely vulnerable to being denied their right to education. To ensure that all children enjoy their basic human rights without discrimination, disability inclusion should be mainstreamed in all policies and plans.

3. Expand adult learning and education opportunities within a lifelong learning approach

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There are still 750 million illiterate adults, two-thirds of whom are women.

Education frees the intellect, liberates the imagination and is integral for self-respect. Funding more adult education programs gives those without basic reading and number skills a shot at finding a job, launching a career, educating their own children and living healthier lives. Building our economy means working together with employers and workforce development boards to empower individuals, families, and communities, with the educational opportunities they need.

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