On December 3, 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming January 24 as International Day of Education, in celebration of the role of education for bringing global peace and sustainable development.
To commemorate the 2020 International Day of Education, the Israel Ibeleme Foundation has made a case for Out of school children. In a statement by its founder, the Foundation called on Government at all levels to increase their efforts in strengthening legislations protecting the rights of child to access education, implementing policies that will further discourage child marriage and increasing fundings for school Infrastructure.
Below is a full text of the statement made available to the Press:
Legendary Civil Rights Activist, (Late) Nelson Mandela said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Education can break generational cycle of poverty, aid the improvement of health and serve as a fundamental element in the fight against the abuse of rights of humans.
Sadly, about 124 million children, especially girls are out of school globally, 29 million in conflict ridden regions are no longer in school, while 93 million children are facing disabilities that keeps them from the classroom. This challenge of children of school-going age being out of school, poses serious challenges of imminent poverty, insecurity and terrorism, today and in the near future.
As we celebrate the United Nations International day of Education, the Israel Ibeleme Foundation, an NGO with a sworn commitment to give hope and restore lives, is restating its pledge to play a frontal role in the efforts to make every child have access to education. It is noteworthy that in the last 12 months, the Israel Ibeleme Foundation has embarked on numerous education support projects. These include the renovation of three classroom blocks at the Goza Junior School, visit to the school of the blind, Jabi and award of scholarships to 10 children of Traffic Wardens in Abuja.
In 2020, the Foundation is promising to do more in support for education. Aside scholarships and Infrastructural projects, the foundation is also looking forward to embarking on initiatives that will help improve the quality of education available for children in the rural areas of our Nation.
The Foundation is calling on Government at all levels to increase their efforts in strengthening legislations protecting the rights of child to access education, implementing policies that will further discourage child marriage and increasing funding for school Infrastructure. The Foundation is also appealing to Nigerians, especially the elites, to do more in efforts to get EVERY CHILD BACK IN CLASS.
Israel Ibeleme Foundation