Education is the main contributor to a safe, fair, prosperous and sustainable world for all human beings.

Education is a human right

Education is a fundamental human right and plays a vital role in human, social, and economic development. It is manifested in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Although major progress in the last few years, an estimated of 59 million children are still denied their right to education.

Every child ought to have the opportunity of a quality education in order to have better chances in life, including employment opportunities, increased health, and to participate and contribute in changing society.

Education generates significant development benefits

On the macro level education reduces poverty, boosts economic growth and increases income. On the micro level it improves health, promote gender equality, reduce child marriage, reduces maternal deaths, combats diseases and promote peace. There is no doubt that education yields one of the highest returns of any investment!

Education is essential to the success of all the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

The UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set out the global development agenda for 2016-2030. Goal 4 on education aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.” In order to accomplish every of the other SDGs, from protecting the environment to empowering women, education is vital.

Education is essential in times of conflict

In times of conflict and crisis children are forced out of school, increasing their suffering and trauma and sometimes even leaving an entire generations without education. In these times and areas it is critical to keep focus on education since it is vital in promoting stability, good governance, peace and understanding.

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Educating girls has a multipliyng effect

Girls’ education is the most effective means to combat many of the profound challenges to human development. Educated girls and women tend to be healthier, have fewer children, earn more income and provide better health care for themselves and their future. These benefits are transmitted from generation to generation and across communities at large.
Girls’ education is the most effective means to combat many of the challenges to human development. Providing girls the opportunity to be educated yields benefits for all.