Education for all: A Canadian vocation – Karen Mundy

Children attend primary school in Mali, where CIDA is helping the government boost enrolment and provide quality education.

At a pledging conference earlier this month, Canada pledged a mere $21 million in new money to support the Global Partnership for Education over the next three years. In contrast, Australia committed $278 million US and the United Kingdom committed $353 million US. Can Canada afford to let its educational support for children in the poorest parts of the globe lag?

By Karen Mundy

Published Nov 22, 2011 1:21 AM

This morning, in every part of Canada, thousands of parents will wake up, wash children’s faces, and send them off to school.

Each of us has come to expect access to educational institutions that, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development and a recent report by McKinsey and Company, rank among the best in the world.

Yet for more than 67 million children around the world, attending school is still a distant dream. Even those lucky enough to make their way to a classroom face steep challenges. Poor facilities, poorly trained teachers and few books mean that learning is not a guarantee.

via Education for all: A Canadian vocation | Embassy – Canada’s Foreign Policy Newspaper.

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