UN urges to transform educational systems

New York, USA.- The Secretary General of the UN, Antonio Gutérres, pointed out this Monday that education is quickly becoming the great social divider, for which he urged the international community to transform educational systems.

“Each one of the people in this room knows that education transforms lives, economies and societies, but we also know that we must transform education (…) because it is in a deep crisis,” Gutérres assured in a room full of attendees at the prelude to the United Nations General Assembly.

“It is time to transform educational systems, that enhance individual development and help people learn with a focus on problem solving and collaboration, and help discern, in times of rampant misinformation, conspiracy theories about change climate change and attacks on human rights”.

Echoing a report by the International Commission on the Future of Education criticizing that current systems favor competition for titles, he assured that curricula are outdated and do not take into account continuous learning, teachers are poorly trained, undervalued and poorly paid and technology leaves out the poorest students.

Education, he recalled, must provide the foundation for learning, from reading, writing, from mathematics to science, digital technology and social and emotional skills, as well as developing the ability of students to adapt to a world rapidly changing workplace and emphasizing the need to work together and take responsibility for each other and the planet.

For this you need funding. “It is the most important investment a country can make in its people and its future,” she said.

In this regard, he recalled the fund that aims to mobilize 10 billion dollars to help 700 million minors in developing countries to access quality education.

About 70 percent of 10-year-olds in poor countries are unable to read a basic text. But even in developed countries, education systems are widening inequalities, not reducing them, he warned after lashing out at the Taliban system in Afghanistan that has pushed girls out of schools and universities.

“Development cannot wait. The education of our children cannot wait. Decent jobs cannot wait. Full equality for women and girls cannot wait,” she added.

“In all these arenas, young people and future generations are demanding action. We cannot let them down. This is a defining moment.”

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