The right to education is a fundamental human right and is an integral part of achieving gender equality.
However, today millions of girls today still face obstacles such as child marriage, gender stereotypes and societal stigmas that prevent them from receiving an education.
Over 1.6 billion students were affected by school closures and lockdowns as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the World Bank, 70 per cent of 10-year-olds are unable to read and understand simple text.
At the G7 summit in 2018, Canada placed global education at the forefront, resulting in the Charlevoix Declaration, which involved an investment of over $4 billion, including $400 million from the Canadian government.
In 55 projects across Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East, the investment was pivotal as it created a significant impact for four million girls and women to receive education services, while strengthening the international economy and advancing the discussion of gender equality.
In the 2023 federal budget, this provision was not renewed, leaving millions of girls around the world with an uncertain future.
Canada’s reinvestment in quality education is essential for the economic development, peace and stability of the local communities.
Student, Brock University