UNICEF, the organization of the United Nations Children's Fund, said that children from poor families are benefiting less from national education funds. In a report published by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), governments are not investing enough in children who need education the most.
It was further said that after reviewing data from 102 countries, it was found that children from the poorest families benefit the least from national public education funding. UNICEF Executive Director Catherine Russell said in a statement that the poorest children Only 16% of the children are benefiting from the 20% of the national education funds allocated for them, while the richest children are benefiting from 28% of these education funds, which is more than the fund allocated for the poorest children.
He said that many education systems around the world are underinvesting in the children who need it the most. He added that investing in the education of the poorest children is the most cost-effective way to ensure the future of communities and countries.
Real progress can only come when we invest in every child. He said the data shows that children from the richest families benefit from more than six times the amount of public education funding compared to the poorest learners. He said that in middle-income countries like Ivory Coast and Senegal, the children of the richest households spent almost four times more on education than the poorest. According to the report, children living in poverty are less likely to access school and are also underrepresented in higher education.
He said the poorest children are also more likely to live in rural areas, which are generally underserved. UNICEF said even before the pandemic, education systems around the world were failing children on a large scale. There were millions of students going to school but unable to grasp the basic skills of reading and math.
The United Nations agency, citing recent estimates, added that two-thirds of all 10-year-olds globally are unable to read and understand simple text. It called for urgent action to build and outlined four key recommendations including unlocking equity public financing for education, prioritizing public funding over basic education; This includes monitoring and ensuring equitable allocation of education aid in a development and humanitarian context and investing in innovative methods of education delivery.