Education is a critical driver of the development process in any nation. Every child has the right to access safe, quality education.
Quality education should provide children and young people with the necessary skills and knowledge, attitudes and behaviors to lead positive and productive lives. Quality education should include not only literacy and numeracy but also wider life skills that empower them to be leaders and change-makers. Comprehensive sexuality education is a key element of quality education and provides girls, in particular, with the skills and knowledge to make decisions about their bodies and futures.
Girls, children with disabilities, those from minority groups and children living in poor and remote areas are most often denied access to education. This has far-reaching consequences on their futures and those of their families, communities and countries.
We promote free, equal access to quality education for all children – from early learning to secondary education. We work with children, their families, communities, wider society and governments, and advocate at both local and international levels, so that all children are able to get an education.
At CADEF we recognize that non-formal education can ensure that out-of-school children are able to access opportunities. In some cases non-formal education programs can bridge children back into the formal education system. For young mothers or girls who have been married early, non-formal education can address their unique needs.About 124 million children across the world are out of school and 250 million are not learning basic skills as a result of poor quality education.
We believe that early childhood care and pre-primary education are vital components of a quality education that are of critical value for the early socialization of gender equality. A quality education must gender-sensitive at a minimum and aim to be gender transformative by transforming harmful gender stereotypes, norms and biases in schools and in society more broadly.
CADEF believes that education should be available and accessible to all girls and boys. Every child must be able to access and complete an inclusive, quality pre-primary, primary and secondary education in order to meet the Global Goal for education by 2030.
To achieve this, we call on the international community, local governments and the private sector must fund quality education, to lift up and support the girls and boys who are least likely to be able to access education.