As far as I could see and read there were very few outside links on the website of Global Fund for children other than links to the ‘Save the Children’ organisation, which I will discuss later on. However there were many articles on the Global Fund for Children website about different issues children and families around the world are dealing with, such as safety, child trafficking, migrants and refugees, war and conflict. The issue I chose to research more about is education.
I was extremely concerned when I read that approximately 124 million children and adolescents worldwide are not attending school, 168 million children are engaged in child labour, which are at risk of being denied quality education and 50% of children who do not attend school, live in conflict areas.
I was, however, relieved when I saw that the Global Fund for Children create micro-enterprise programs in low socio-economic areas around the world, where they help parents gain economic freedom to send their children to school instead of work. Global Fund for Children achieve this by :
- Opening rural schools that are culturally relevant and create learning opportunities that are traditional with few resources.
- Supplementing learning where tutoring centers, libraries and Saturday schools are opened to help children succeed and remain in school.
- Opening mobile classrooms that reach out to rural children, children who live in slums and on the streets.
- Specifically educating girls to have the necessary knowledge about how to lead healthy and productive lives.
- Establishing bilingual education where indigenous children, migrants and refugees receive equal quality education.
- Lastly establishing night schools to provide education to those children who work during the day.
Furthermore, I was excited to read that the Global Fund for Children measure their success rate by tracking their partners’ success and growth by :
- looking at the amount of children enrolled in school for the first time.
- looking at how partners’ ensure that children advance to the next grade level,
- how they rehabilitate and integrate children into mainstream schools,
- how the youth transition into employment and training,
- lastly how safe environments are created for girls in which to learn in.
Upon looking at the newsletter I received this week from Global Fund for Children, there was a link to a YouTube video explaining where some of the donations from the Global Fund for children go to. One of the organisations where some of the money goes to is’Save the Children’ Their video is about the organisations aim to reach and save every last child. Doing whatever it takes to save every last child.
Additionally I found an article in the ‘Save the Children’ website that specifically speaks about and contributes to early childhood education in the area of equity and excellence in early care and education: Individual Philanthropy: Early Childhood Education. I was grateful to see that ‘Save the children’ organisation touched on a lot of what we have learnt in our module and I especially liked this statement made in the article “The earlier we invest in a child’s life, the higher the return on that investment for us all.” I liked this statement because the word ‘investment’ did not come across as one-sided but rather that we all have a place in investing in children’s education in order for us all to benefit. I was especially excited to read that ‘Save the Children’ places a high priority on giving children under age 5 a strong start, so they are ready to begin school. They have been developing and supporting early childhood development programs for more than 20 years, while at the same time advocating and influencing policies in education that benefit young children and their families.
I was happy to read in the article by ‘Save the children’ organization that a lot is being done about the amount of children between the ages of 3-6 years that are being deprived access to education. It reminded me of what we have been learning about with regards to equity and quality of education. ‘Save the children’ are trying their best to close the gap of educational inequities between urban and rural, wealthy and poor, religious and ethnic groups worldwide. I further learnt that there are even bigger gaps between educational programs around the world, where 98% of Korean children who are 4 years old attend preschool, where as 26% of children in Sub-Saharan Africa are in enrolled in preschool. Furthermore, ‘Save the Children’ organisation had also mentioned and re-iterated what we have learnt ,that not all early childhood programs are created equally and there are huge disparities in the quality of these programs where the poorest children have the most obstacles to overcome access to early learning, yet have the most to gain when participating in these programs. As a result one of the organisations many aims is to make sure that children around the world receive equal, high-quality education.