Youth Day is a holiday dedicated to the youths of a country. It is observed by 18 countries, on many dates throughout the year. The United Nations agreed on the date of 12 August in 1999.
The theme of International Youth Day 2019, ?Transforming Education?, highlights efforts to make education more relevant, equitable and inclusive for all youth, including efforts by youth themselves. Making education more relevant, equitable and inclusive is crucial to achieving sustainable development.?
What is Education?
Education is a ?development multiplier? in that it plays a pivotal role in accelerating progress be it poverty eradication, good health, gender equality, decent work and growth, reduced inequalities, action on climate or building peaceful societies. Education should lead to effective learning outcomes.?
Education gives us knowledge of the world around us and changes it into something better. It develops in us a perspective of looking at life. It helps us build opinions and have points of view on things in life. Education also makes us capable of interpreting things. It is not just about lessons in textbooks but about the lessons of life. Education is more than reading, writing and arithmetic, it is one of the most important investments a country can make.
If you want to see the world as a just and fair place where everyone is given equal opportunities, education is what we require. Education is a must if we want to do away with the existing differences between different social classes and genders.?
Education and Health care
Illiteracy often breeds ignorance and this ignorance may prove to be dangerous when it comes to healthcare. Educated people know better about preventive methods which protect them from a number of diseases. An illiterate and ignorant person is more likely to ignore the symptoms and avoiding seeking medical aid unless the problem becomes very serious. They are likely to have poor attitudes to health and seek harmful solutions to their health problems. Education boosts the chances of people getting jobs and a higher purchasing power improving their access to healthcare.?
Hence education enables you to take better care of yourself as well as your family.
The theme of IYD2019 is ?transforming education?, highlighting the need to make global education entirely inclusive and accessible for all young people, regardless of their background.? Accessible education for all plays a vital role in achieving Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, particularly Sustainable Development Goal 4, to ?ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all?.
Everyone agrees that education must be transformed. According to 2018 findings from the UNESCO Institute for Statistics, approximately 262 million children and youth are out-of-school. To add perspective, this equates to over 100 million more children who are out-of-school than the entire population of children in the United States and European Union combined. All of the arguments about wasted potential remain equally valid wherever in the world a child misses school. As it happens today, children in sub-Saharan Africa are much more likely than children in any other region of the world to be out-of-school.?
How to get children back into school
Governments along with non-state actors can all be a part of the solution. In a 2015 article, the World Economic Forum set out a three-point-plan on how to fix the education system in sub-Saharan Africa, and how to bring all children into the classroom:
The focus must be shifted towards essential vocational training for teachers to be able to effectively engage with pupils
Schools must begin to harness new, innovative technologies
The private sector has a role to play in assisting public education systems
As per the theme of IYD2019, we too believe that transforming education is a ?powerful tool to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.? Education accelerates progress including but not limited to poverty reduction, health, gender equality, decent work, economic growth, reduced inequalities, action on climate change and reduced conflict.
We are encouraged by the inclusion of the phrase: ?Education should lead to relevant and effective learning outcomes,? in the theme of IYD2019. It recognises that inclusive, accessible education must also be quality education; only then can it transform lives and societies by realising the potential of its youth.?
We must transform education so that each and every child, anywhere in the world can have access to the same opportunities.
Written by Esther Anolu?for HellocareNG