What is it?
Education for All: Class of 2015 is a major global initiative that aims to educate all children in the world by the year 2015. The campaign was launched in the UN in 2008, and is made up of government units, leading charities, and multi-national companies from all over the world.
Proponents of the program include President of Global Campaign for Education Kailash Satyarthi, UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, His Royal Highness Prince Saud of Saudi Arabia, Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan,
Charitable organizations such as UNESCO, World Vision, Save the Children, Comic Relief, Education International, and UNICEF are also involved. In addition, companies who have pledged their support include CISCO and Intel.
Since its conception, many other organizations and personalities have pledged their support to the cause; some examples are FIFA, the world football federation, FIFA, and Sir Bob Geldof, among several others.
The purpose behind Education for All: Class of 2015 dates back to 2000, when governments around the world pledged to send all uneducated children in the world to school by the year 2015. In 2008, the Class of 2015 campaign was officially launched to mobilize support from the public as a way of keeping the pledge alive.
Recent records show that 75 million still do not receive primary education, while a third of children in primary school drop out before completing the program. There is also a global shortage of teachers; according to the program, 18 million teachers still need to be recruited and trained by 2015 to help achieve the purpose of Class of 2015.
In line with these challenges, Class of 2015 aims to achieve the following goals:
Ensuring that the $11 billion per year external financing that will be used to get 72 million children in school by 2015 is committed and mobilized so it can back the 60 national education plans that are underway.
Improving the quality of education by recruiting and training more teachers to get the number of students per teacher down to a manageable size.
Reaching all children including those who are in conflicted areas, remote areas, and those from groups that are discriminated against, and guaranteeing that the children have enough to eat and to study.
Encouraging national governments to devote 20%, at the least, of their national budgets to education and to eliminate the fees that hinder children from going to school.
By providing education to all children in the world, the global initiative Education for All: Class of 2015 hopes to give children a chance against poverty.
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