It will be 2050 before India achieves universal primary education: UNESCO report warning

India to achieve universal primary education by 2050: Warns UNESCO report

After seeing the current education trend all over the world, it has been analysed that 61 million children of primary age do not have access to school.

It has been a year since the Sustainable Development Goals, which included the promise for schools, were launched in different parts of the country, and the UNESCO report named ‘Education for People and Planet’ shows the need for education systems to step up attention to environmental concerns.

What does the UNESCO report say?

  • This data has been released by UNESCO’s new Global Education Monitoring (GEM) report, which says that in Southern Asia, education at lower secondary will be achieved in 2062 and upper secondary in 2087
  • The GEM Report lists various benefits that could come if education actors work in collaboration with other sectors also
  • India is expected to achieve universal primary education in 2050
  • As per reports, India is 50 years late in achieving its global education commitments
  • And if the nation wants a fundamental changes in the education system, it has to meet the 2030 sustainable development goals, says the report

Further, the report said that there is an urgent requirement for greater evolution in education. The sector needs a major transformation to fulfill the needed potential and meet the current challenges facing humanity and the planet.

Conflicted zones:

  • As per a BBC report, the most limited access to schools is in those countries which are the poorest or most troubled by conflict
  • Nigeria, South Sudan, Burkina Faso, Afghanistan, Mali and Chad are among the nations in which children are likely to spend the least time in education

“While in the majority of countries, education is the best indicator of climate change awareness, half of countries curricula worldwide do not explicitly mention climate change in their content. India is an exception, where currently some 300 million school students receive some environmental education,” it said.

Key notes of this report:

  • As per the statistics, only six per cent of adults in the poorest countries and only five in India have attended literacy programmes
  • Moreover, UNESCO has asked the governments of various countries to start taking inequalities in education matters on priority basis
  • “The new global development agenda calls for education ministers and other education actors to work in collaboration with other sectors,” it said.
  • source”gsmarena”