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October 06, 2021 Wednesday 10:55:35 AM IST

Take Education Funding Seriously or Face a “Human Tragedy”

The former Prime Minister of U.K Gordon Brown urges for a long-term investment in education to resolve education emergencies impacting the life chances of millions of children around the world in an international conference organized by Salzburg Global Seminar and Qatar Foundation’s global education initiative, WISE.  He has warned that the underfunding of education means “a human tragedy is unfolding”. Speaking at a three-day virtual gathering Education Disrupted, Education Reimagined Part II, addressing the impact of COVID-19 and the future of education systems around the world – Brown, a UN Special Envoy for Global Education, voiced his fears that “hope will die” among millions of children and young people if they are denied access to learning because their countries cannot afford to give them the opportunity.

 Brown emphasized that education cannot be reformed without global cooperation, saying: “Scientists, technicians, researchers, virologists, and immunologists all want to work together to fight COVID-19. The same is true of teachers, educators, and others in education to coordinate a response to the crisis that it faces. Education opens up a window of possibilities and he hopes that “we can be the first generation in history where we can say every child goes to school” So, he appeals to work together to re-imagine a future and ensure proper financing for education so that we can find better ways to cooperate on earth and build the future for education that we all dream about, and that every child in the world deserves.