EUROPE/ITALY - 61 million children without education: Global Campaign for Education

Monday, 25 March 2013

Rome (Agenzia Fides) - "Without teachers school does not exist!" Is the motto of the Global Campaign for Education (GCE) launched at the Global Action Week for school Education that is promoted each year with the aim to attract the attention of the media, representatives of institutions and society in general on the urgency of achieving a qualified primary education. According to the GCE, about 1.7 million teachers are lacking in the world in order to achieve such a goal in 2015. The situation is very serious, there are still 61 million children not attending primary school. In addition, 75% of students in the poorest countries sometimes attend classes for two or three years without learning to read or write. UNESCO reports that in Africa alone a million teachers and seven countries of the continent have only one teacher for every hundred school-age children. The GCE is a worldwide movement that brings together teachers, humanitarian organizations and community groups who want to put an end to illiteracy of all the world's children. (AP) (Agenzia Fides 25/03/2013)