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The world is facing an education and learning crisis, as currently 124 million children are out-of-school, another 120 million drop out before they reach third grade. More than one in three children are not learning even if they are in school, as they still lack basic literacy and numeracy skills. Children are excluded from learning because of who they are or where they live.
Political will is needed more than ever to turn the education commitments in the 2030 Agenda and UN CRC into a reality for the most deprived children, to get them into school and learning.
This side event aims at galvanizing political will and attention on addressing the education crisis for the most deprived children, through making the link between the 2030 Agenda and children’s rights. It will also try identify how the Human Rights Council could further support the right to education for children left behind in its discussions on the 2030 Agenda, notably the annual full-day discussion on the rights of the child that will take place in March 2017.
Stavros Lambrinidis, European Union Special Representative for Human Rights
Opening statement and moderation:
Fedor Rosocha, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Slovakia
Benyam Dawit Mezmur, Chair of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
Peter Guran, Slovak Member, UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
David Atchoarena, Director of the Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems, UNESCO
Gugulethu Ndebele, CEO, Save the Children South Africa
Children’s groups supported by Save the Children will engage via a video message to ask questions to the panelists during the Q&A session.
A light lunch will be served prior to the event starting from 12.45.