New York, 24 September 2022 (TDI): Malala Yousafzai, UN Messenger of Peace, has urged the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to increase global efforts for across-the-board education.

She addressed the need while speaking with Annemarie Hou, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Partnership, in an interview on Thursday. She further stressed that the world cannot achieve quality education by 2030 unless this is done.

Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani education activist, said that “It is important for the leaders right now to come together and establish Global Compact for education.

They made a commitment back in 2015 in Sustainable development goal 4, to bring quality education for all children but right we see that we are far behind that commitment”.

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She continued, “We need to be accelerating our efforts for education, and for that countries and communities need to come together across borders. There should be no compromise in this, they should come together and take action.”

Malala Yousafzai further added, “All children should have access to education and that they make this happen by 2030, which is their promise, they made that promise back in 2015 and we’re halfway through it.”

Need for Education Transformation

Currently, the education system is failing to respond to a worldwide education emergency. The COVID-19 pandemic’s biggest disruption to education in history has exacerbated a pre-existing problem of inclusiveness, quality, and relevance.

Furthermore, around the world, 244 million kids and teenagers are still not in school. Young learners have a crisis in literacy, numeracy, and foundational learning.

It is estimated that 60% of children globally are unable to read and understand a simple text by the age of ten.

Additionally, a survey by UNESCO, UNICEF, the World Bank, and the OECD discovered that 25% of nations have yet to collect information on children who have and have not returned to school since the pandemic started.