The world needs to do more to give children and youth the support they need to thrive in life and school
As we celebrate the 20th birthday of International Youth Day this week, António Guterres, United Nations’ secretary-general, reminded the world we still have much to do globally to prepare young people for the world.
“We are facing a learning crisis. Too often, schools are not equipping young people with the skills they need to navigate the technological revolution. Students need not just to learn, but to learn how to learn,” he said. “Education today should combine knowledge, life skills and critical thinking. It should include information on sustainability and climate change. And it should advance gender equality, human rights and a culture of peace.”
Guterres is talking about providing access to inclusive education around the world so all children and youth have the chance to learn and speak up for their rights. It’s something we believe in strongly at Christian Children’s Fund of Canada, where we provide access to education and help break down barriers — such as ending child marriages, child exploitation and more. We ensure children and youth can dream of a future filled with possibility.
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About Christian Children’s Fund of Canada:
Christian Children’s Fund of Canada works globally to support children and youth who dream of a better world. For nearly 60 years, we’ve brought together diverse people and partnerships, driven by a common belief: education extends beyond the walls of a classroom and is the most powerful tool children can use to change their world. We focus on breaking barriers preventing access to inclusive, quality education for all, especially girls.