Davos, May 23 (IPS) – In the context of social change, education is becoming more and more important for success in life. But with disasters, pandemics, armed conflicts and political crises forcing children out of school, a successful future is often out of reach.
According to Stop the data Children’s War: The Recruitment Crisis In the 2021 report, emergency education is a frequently underappreciated aspect of humanitarian aid.
Speaking today in the context of a high-profile panel titled Education in Crisis: How to Make Sure All Children Get an Education. Why Industry Participation at the World Economic Forum is needed, Director of Education Can’t Wait (ECW) Yasmine Sherif highlights the urgent need for better private sector participation.
“The private sector is critically important and instrumental in addressing the education of some 222 million children and young people in countries affected by natural disasters and conflicts,” said Sherif. caused by climate.
“We live in a world with a lot of socio-economic inequality, and those who have it need to share with those who don’t. It starts with financing. This is why ECW is part of World Economic Forum because there’s a huge audience in the private sector and we’re interacting with them to get them to rally (behind education). ”
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The panel discussions were opened by Swiss Federation President Ignazio Cassis and included Sherif, Jacobs . Foundation Co-CEO Fabio Segura, Ramin Shahzamani, CEO War Child Hollandand Director General of Swiss Development and Cooperation (SDC), Patricia Danzi.
Danzi told IPS that governments cannot support education alone and, moreover, education during emergencies when millions of children are out of school.
“We need other actors to take charge, to mobilize, and we need to scale up other actors as quickly as possible.”
“There are two situations where private sector involvement is needed, in emergencies like war, pandemic or disaster where you need money quickly, and this is philanthropy. We also have longstanding educational crises. This includes job and skill mismatches. Here the private sector requires a certain skill set that the education system cannot provide – and this goes beyond a crisis. ”
Danzi said this mismatch is due to a variety of reasons, including inadequate basic education, inadequate access to (quality) education, or not enough girls going to school. learn.
Sherif agrees, noting that the focus is on quality education in conflict countries with large numbers of refugee and migrant children.
“Capital and funding is a huge issue here. The private sector is important because they have the necessary financing, and we need to get them running.”
“Education can’t wait,” she said. More financial support from the private sector is needed as this will make all the difference and put SDG 4 and other related SDGs within reach.
Segura says that private sector participation and contributions have other advantages.
“One of the things we learned is not just funding the education gap but the logic and thinking that the private sector can bring or contribute to the governance of education and scaling solutions. educational scale. That logic, thinking and intellectual capital are important even though we don’t often discuss educational issues in the private sector.”
In emergencies and conflicts, the private sector can play a role in scaling operations.
“Also (it can) maintain a line of thought that will prevail beyond a conflict or emergency situation. We also learned that the private sector has a way of staying consistent in the face of emergencies and conflicts. We need to harness that logic and their array of resources and infrastructure to fund the gap in conflict education and emergency education.”
Segura emphasized the need to look at the contribution of education to business and at the same time to look at the contribution of business to education. This is a case for engagement beyond capital and financing in emergencies, he said, as it means broadening horizons for investments and horizons for educational returns.
According to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), as recently as 2019 and before complexity was introduced into global education by COVID-19, more than 130 million school-going children were not learning skills. reading, writing and math, according to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE).
“Access to education is very important, and we owe it to the next generation to get a good education. The longer a child attends school, the higher the chances of prosperity for individuals, households and society,” emphasized Danzi.
Inter-sectoral engagement is needed to shape the future of learning and development by accelerating response times during crises and helping to link immediate relief and long-term interventions to deliver a safe, quality and inclusive learning environment for affected children.
“We are in a time when all the funding gaps to achieve the sustainable development goals are becoming very apparent, especially after COVID-19, and so we must identify The role of charities, government, business and the private sector in profiting from the achievement of those goals. goals also allow us to better collaborate across sectors to achieve better goals,” he commented.
Sherif says that the private sector has the resources. They need to join forces with donors, especially in light of significant socioeconomic inequalities in the world and countries like Mali, Burkina Faso and Cameroon lacking the resources to fund education due to conflict history.
Sherif will also speak at another high-level discussion titled Platform Neutral: Education in Emergencies-Building the Blocks for a Safer Future on Tuesday, May 24th. 2022, highlighting the central role of education in facilitating the success of children and young people in their diversity. This is a joint event of the LEGO Foundation, Street Child International and ECW. Dashboard with Sherif; President of Learning Through Play, LEGO Foundation, Bo Stjerne Thomsen; Street Child International CEO & Founder Tom Dannatt; Deloitte Representative / Moderator Melissa Raczak.
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