Thursday, January 26, 2012

Gordon Brown: Our Silent Education Crisis

Two thousand and fifteen seems to be the year to better education.  Many educators are looking forward to this year to better global education.  In “Our Silent Education Crisis,” Gordon Brown makes a statement that the reason education is silent is because those mostly affected by the crisis are those persons who have a “weak voice.”  These are the people in underdeveloped countries that have no money yet have to pay for their children to get an education.   Education can change so much like poverty, global inequalities, and economic growth, yet each year that the World Economic Forum meets education is always overlooked.   Brown goes on to say that “Education is the key that unlocks human potential and prepares future generations to participate in an increasingly knowledge-based global economy.”  Statistics says in 2005 that 68 million children global are out of school.  If this trend continues by the year 2015 72 million children will be out of school. The article suggest that the world is not on track to receive the Millennial Develop Goal, which is a group that is trying to end poverty by 2015 and education the entire world.  One solution that the article suggests is that Global Partnership for Education needs to fund more money.  The article criticizes the GPE for not supplying enough funds to the countries that are in need.  “Many donors rightly feel that the GPE delivers aid far too slowly and that it has failed to address the urgent challenge of delivering education to children in conflict-affected states. To take a case in point, South Sudan has yet to receive support even though the new country has over 1 million primary school age children out of school. These children cannot afford to wait for aid donors to act.”  If the GPE would convert into a independent, but still relying on some government input, then it would lead to 68 million children in school and also it would become the focal point in engaging new communities and opportunities.
As the reader I believe that the world needs to act on getting children educated faster than 2015.  I personally think that it is sad that the poorest countries have to pay for their children to get an education and there is no help available for them.  Sixty-eight million children do not have a basic education.  The world is becoming so advance that the only way to compete and survive is through an education, yet so many children around the world do not have the basic reading and math skills to even compete.  At the end of the article it states that the World Economic Forum has the power to change millions of children lives, and with that power come responsibility.  Who is really looking out for our future if one day these children are supposed to lead the world? I do not think that the leaders around the world care that much about education, yet it is so valuable to life.

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