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Transforming Education Summit: Stop the crisis or risk failing an entire generation |

“Underresourced schools have underpaid, unqualified teachers, overcrowded classrooms and archaic curricula. impairs children’s ability to reach their full potentialsaid UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell in a press release.

education is the future

“The trajectory of our education system is, by definition, the trajectory of our future,” she added. Either reverse the current trendline or face the consequences of failing to educate an entire generation.Less learning today means less opportunities tomorrow

summit will be held

The much-anticipated Transforming Education Summit kicked off this Friday at UN Headquarters in New York with a Mobilization Day led by the UN Secretary-General and Vice-Presidents, and the President of the General Assembly.

Saturday has been billed as a “solution day” led by UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed, and Monday is led by the UN Secretary-General. Antonio Guterres will present his vision statement with world leaders in the General Assembly Hall as the summit closes.

seething crisis

During the COVID-19 pandemic, prolonged school closures and lack of access to quality learning exposed and exacerbated the existing learning crisis. This has left millions of schoolchildren without basic numeracy and literacy.

To draw attention to the crisis in education and the need to transform learning around the world, UNICEF said:Learning Crisis Classroom‘ is a model classroom that represents the scale of children who have not mastered important foundational skills.

The installation will be on display at the visitor entrance of the United Nations Headquarters in New York from September 16th to 26th. This model will serve as a reminder to government officials, heads of state and daily visitors of the urgent need for large-scale global investment in education.

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UNICEF’s Learning Crisis classroom at United Nations Headquarters in New York in September 2022.

Classroom division

One-third of the desks in the model classroom are made of wood and are fully functional with the iconic UNICEF backpack perched on the school chair behind them.

The group aims to represent an estimated one-third of 10-year-olds worldwide who can read and understand simple texts.

The remaining two-thirds of desks are nearly invisible and made of transparent material, and it is estimated that by the age of 10, 64% of children cannot read and understand simple texts.

The invisible nature of these desks responds to the ongoing short-term crisis, UNICEF said. Shows the extent of civic contributions that will be lost if urgent steps are not taken to give all students the tools to grow.

catch up

As leaders gather for the Transforming Education Summit, UNICEF is calling on governments to commit to quality education for every child.

The institution will also readmit all children and keep them in school, increase access to remedial and catch-up learning, support teachers, provide teachers with the tools they need, and ensure that schools are safe and secure in learning. We are looking for new initiatives and investments to ensure that we can deliver A supportive environment so that all children are ready to learn.

Promoted by UNICEF under the acronym ‘RAPID’, the initiative represents a commitment by the international community to promote better education and take just steps to unlock the potential of millions of children. increase.

Later in the day, there will be more updates at the summit opening…