by Marie Kauna – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
Getting better education is now an important equipment and tool to a sustainable living. Despite its importance, education access is a barrier to many and factors contributing to these problems are more based on financial strengths and availability of basic services..
Like developing countries, Papua New Guinea’s development challenges are huge and very challenging and literacy standard is a problem faced by many. While this is a reality in Papua New Guinea, other developing countries also face the same challenges of educating their youth.
While those who are able to get educated, go to school leaving many disadvantaged who grow up knowing little about reading and writing. This becomes a communication barrier for many.
According to UNICEF figures, a total of 250 million of the world’s 650 million primary school age children are not learning even basic literacy and numeracy.
From these 250 million children, 130 million kids who have reached their fourth grade however, still do not learn their numbers and are unable to read and write, while the remaining 120 million children do not even complete their four years of schooling.
As educating young children is a challenge globally, UN in its Sustainable Development Goals is planning to scale up its activities and shift its focus to the problem of accessing quality education.
The new set of plan and goal will focus more on access of quality education.