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Quality Education not a luxury, but a human right: UN

By: Isuru Parakrama

World (LNW): The United Nations said many countries around the world are falling short when it comes to investing in public education.

Citing its 4th Sustainable Development Goal for Quality Education, the United Nations today (03) reiterated in a statement that quality education is “not a luxury, but a human right.”

“Providing quality education for all is fundamental to creating a peaceful and prosperous world,” the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals read, adding that “Education gives people the knowledge and skills they need to stay healthy, get jobs and foster tolerance.”

Estimatedly 147 million children miss more than half of their in-class instruction over the past two years, and this generation of children could lose a combined total of US$ 17 trillion in lifetime earnings in present value, the UN emphasised.

School closures have affected girls, children from disadvantaged backgrounds, those living in rural areas, children with disabilities and children from ethnic minorities more than their peers.

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