a cost of 10,000 billion dollars per year for the global economy (UNESCO)

a cost of 10,000 billion dollars per year for the global economy (UNESCO)
a cost of 10,000 billion dollars per year for the global economy (UNESCO)
The cost of unschooling is “dizzying” and to these financial considerations are added “significant social damage”, affirms Audrey AzoulayDirector General of theUNESCOcited in a press release from the UN agency based in Paris.

The message of this report entitled “The price of inaction: the global private, fiscal and social costs of children and young people who do not learn” and which analyzes for the first time the cost to the economy and the societal consequences of educational deficiencies is “clear: theeducation is a strategic investment – ​​one of the best investments there is for individuals, economies and society as a whole,” emphasizes Ms. Azoulay.

Despite decades of progress inaccess to education250 million children and young people around the world are still out of school and 70% of 10-year-old children in low- and middle-income countries are not able to understand a simple written text, notes the press release. .

Conversely, the report estimates that reducing the proportion of youth leaving school prematurely or having not acquired basic skills would increase annual GDP growth by 1 to 2 points.

Beyond financial considerations, the report warns of the important social damage caused by these educational deficiencies, noting that gaps in the acquisition of basic skills are associated, globally, with a 69% increase in early pregnancies among young girls, while each year of secondary education contributes to reducing the risk that girls will marry and have a child before the age of 18.

On the occasion of a meeting of Ministers of Education, Monday at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, in the presence of the President of Chile, Gabriel Boricwho co-chairs alongside her the High-Level Steering Committee for Quality Education for All, Ms. Azoulay called on the 194 Member States of the Organization to “respect their commitment to move education from a privilege to a prerogative for every human being across the world,” notes the press release.

To achieve the objective of quality education for allUNESCO makes 10 recommendations in its report, including working to guarantee free education for every girl and boy, financed by public funds, for a minimum of twelve years.

“Second chance” systems must also be put in place for young people who have not been able to benefit from quality education or whose education has been interrupted, argues the document.

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