Friday, November 7, 2008

75 million children do not attend school

Spain spent 8% of Official Development Assistance in basic education A school child installed in a container in Cape Town, South Africa. 19:31 (CET) ELMUNDO.ES MADRID .- The Secretary of State for International Cooperation, Soraya Rodriguez, had a meeting with ten students from schools in Galicia, Granada, the Basque Country, Madrid and Valladolid, and has pledged to spend 8% of Official Development Aid (ODA) to basic education. This was reflected with his signature on the last piece of a puzzle that young people have built a universal right to claim as is education. "We do not want a poor education for the poor, but of quality, with teacher training and improvement of infrastructure and this puzzle symbolizes the commitment to children who dream of an education that can change their lives," said the representative of the Coalition Spanish for the Global Campaign for Education, Luis Arancibia. In various speeches schoolchildren have mentioned that there are 43 million children in 30 countries without access to education by wars or armed conflicts and spend their childhood without receiving any kind of schooling. And they have reminded that "girls have fewer opportunities to access education because they have to fetch water or care for the sick at home." Rodriguez said the young that Spain has been increasing its aid in recent years, but the contribution is required from the other rich countries to get the schooling of 75 million children still do not attend school. "Today's children are the future of tomorrow and we know that a child out of school is being exploited," he added. Evolution of Spanish aid The Secretary of State for International Cooperation has said that Spain is committed to the Millennium Dakar-education for all, and since 2007 has increased the Spanish contribution to the Fund of the Catalyst Fast Track Initiative on Education for All (EFA-FTI) . In 2007 contributed 45 million euros and Spain has pledged 180 million euros until 2010. "That means we have gone from 7 million in 2006 to 60 million in 2008, 2009 and 2010. And that has resulted in the enrollment of 12 million children in developing countries", stressed Secretary of State for Cooperation International. On the Fast Track Initiative is important to involve developing countries and that donors suited to their national education plans. "This is the best way to ensure that aid is effective and sustainable. In Kenya, thanks to this system working 18,000 primary schools receive help from the EFA-FTI for the purchase of school supplies" said Soraya Rodriguez. This event is the result of the mobilization for a more just and humane world through education, within the Global Campaign for Education, which this year is acting under the slogan 'overcome exclusion, quality in education. Put your piece, all counts!

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