ACE PRESENTS TO YOUTH POLITICAL FORUMS “6% FOR EDUCATION” MANIFESTO

Tirana, 6th June 2017- Albanian Coalition for Education presented today to the youth political forums “6% TO EDUCATION” manifesto.

This Manifesto is the result of 4 months of intensive consultations with children and young people organised in 12 regions of the country. It evidences the problems that education encounters today and that need to be address by political parties in their electoral programmes making Education the future Government priority.

Safe Schools; Investment in Education; the Right to Quality and Inclusive Education; Scholarships and support Activities, Qualified Teachers in every School constitute the 5 founding pillars of the Manifesto.

Ms. Linda Pino, coordinator of ACE, during the presentation of the Manifesto, said that ".... we expect from the youth forums of political parties to promote and address these issues and to turn education into a priority of the future Government through increased budget and investments in education ".

The Presentation of the Education Manifesto was part of the Signing Ceremony of Youth National Contract from Youth Political Forums and Civil Society Organizations.

ACE will undertake in the near future an introductory tour of the Manifesto to the leaders of the main political parties in the country.

For more information, contact us at linda.pino@crca.al.


6% FOR EDUCATION

1 IN 3 CHILDREN IN ALBANIA RISKS TO DROP OUT SCHOOL

In Albania, there are more than 300.000 children that attend the pre-university education, but more than 100 thousand children due to extreme poverty[1] risk to be out of school and hope for their future.

PROBLEM

  • 40% of the Albanian population lives in poverty[2];
  • 28%  of children are part of cash assistance scheme;
  • 50 thousand children of compulsory education age are obliged to work in order to ensure their survival;
  • 20.14% of children live in extreme poverty facing  difficulties in providing basic living needs[3];
  • Only 44% of children consume breakfast meals 5 days a week;
  • 64% of disable children of the group age 7-18 years do not attend the school;

Albanian invests only 3.3% of GDP to education, a figure that is far from the regional and international standards. This low investment rate undermines the fulfilment of the Sustainable Development Goal for the provision of inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. For low-income countries like Albania, a dollar invested in education generates more than 5$ in additional gross earnings annually. If every child were able to complete the secondary school by 2030, income per capita would increase by 75%.

Today, Albanian Coalition for Education, the only national network that advocates for the fulfilment of the right to education demands to the political parties, candidates of MPs, the Government and future Parliament: INCREASE BY 6% OF GDP THE BUDGET TO EDUCATION IN ALBANIA!

6% FOR EDUCATION ENSURES

  • Provision of inclusive and equitable quality free of charge education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all children across Albania;
  • Every poor child is guaranteed the right to be educated the same way as his peers, reducing the level of illiteracy and school abandonment;
  • Increases investment in school infrastructure, with no overcrowded classes and boosts investment in labs, classes, gyms, and libraries;
  • Improves teaching quality, effective career counselling for adolescents, and psycho-social support for children across the country;


[1] Të dhëna të Bankës Botërore tregojnë se 14% e popullsisë në Shqipëri jetojnë në kushte ekstreme të varfërisë

 

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