Education is a universal right, which should be protected by the simple fact of belonging to humankind.
It would be wonderful, in fact, to teach all children living in the most deprived areas of the earth to read and write, to open them up to the world of knowledge, to broaden their view of reality that almost always does not go beyond the everyday, yet despite the passage of years and the many initiatives promoted it remains one of the most ambitious tasks, given that in poor countries about 1,000,000 children do not attend elementary school, despite the fact that much progress has been made, both in access to education and in literacy levels.
According to the UN, we need to redouble our efforts to achieve even better results as illiteracy hits record highs (57 million children are still out of school, half of whom live in sub-Saharan Africa) where there are vast pockets of poverty, where schools are paid for, where worsening climatic conditions have left indelible marks and made many routes of communication impassable, where many times a child's arms represent an economic resource for the family, an emblematic case might be that of the children in the Congo who work in open-cast mines, underpaid and exploited
Considering education to be one of the pillars of humanity's future, it is necessary that being able to attend school should become a right for all, and to achieve this goal it is desirable, as has already happened in other countries of the global south, that patners and local communities aware of how important primary and inclusive schooling is, particularly for underprivileged schoolchildren, take action to identify the most appropriate strategies to achieve an effective and safe school system.
They could start with making schooling free of charge, ensuring equal access for women and men, more attainable and safe school environments, eliminating gender disparities, promoting formative and quality schooling, paying teaching staff regularly, increasing the supply of qualified teachers, and developing educational and community centers that can foster harmonious growth of children's personalities.
Caritas Children is therefore committed, through its Distance Support, International Cooperation and Global Citizenship Education projects, to ensuring a more inclusive school education and to raising awareness of these issues among young people in schools and the general public.