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JANET MUSEVENI RECEIVES REPORT FROM INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION COMMISSION
The report titled "The Learning Generation: Investing in education for a changing world", which was launched during the United Nations General Assembly in September, was delivered to the First Lady and Education Minister by former Tanzanian President H.E Jakaya Kikwete in a meeting held on Monday at State House Nakasero. He was accompanied by Teopista Birungi Mayanja a Ugandan teacher and founder of the Uganda National Teachers Union who is also a member of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity.
The State Ministers for Higher Education Dr. J.C Muyingo and Primary Education Rosemary Seninde and senior officers from the Education Ministry also attended this meeting.
While presenting the report, H. E Jakaya Kikwete, who is a member of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, explained that the world is facing an alarming education crisis which manifests in the low income and medium income countries lagging far behind the developed countries.
According to the "The Learning Generation: Investing in education for a changing world" report more than 263 million children and youth around the world are out of school, while more than 250 million children who are in classrooms cannot read and write and are unequipped with necessary skills to succeed in school and in life. The bulk of these are in Africa. The commission also feels that in the current state of technological advancement, 2 billion people globally will be replaced by automation by 2050.
Kikwete said that to achieve the Learning Generation, the Education Commission calls for a Financing Compact between developing countries and the international community, while countries’ domestic expenditures on education will also need to increase from an estimated $1 trillion per year today to $3 trillion by 2030. Along with increased funding, governments would have to commit to reform their education systems to maximize learning and efficiency and to ensure that every child has access to quality free education from pre-primary to secondary levels, improve the performance of their education systems and promote innovation.
He emphasized the need to invest heavily in education and prepare the people for the highly technical and automated economy that is unfolding in the world.
He said Uganda has been included in pioneer states to implement the report and informed the Minister that Uganda is a priority country and it should therefore be ready to start implementing reforms in the education system because it has already done something.
Mrs. Janet Museveni welcomed the report saying it speaks loud and should definitely push the developing countries to act immediately. "While the developing countries studied, we were fighting and doing nothing in education, therefore we must indeed run to catch up with them", she said.
The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (The Education Commission) is a major global initiative which works to reverse the lack of financing for education around the world in order to achieve equal educational opportunity for children and young people.
The mission chaired by UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown is comprised of many leaders ranging from heads of state and Nobel laureates, to leaders in fields such as education, economics, and health. Among them is the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, His Excellency Jakaya Kikwete, Former President of Tanzania, Chair of the Global Partnership for Education Julia Gillard and Executive Director of UNICEF Anthony Lake. Ends.