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Routekaart voor het onderwijs tot 2030

LONDEN – Toen ik eerder dit jaar het Zaatari vluchtelingenkamp in Jordanië bezocht, ontmoette ik kinderen die me vertelden hoeveel onderwijs voor ze betekent. Voor Syrische jongeren die uit hun huizen zijn verdreven en alles verloren zijn gaat onderwijs over veel meer dan kwalificaties of behaalde cijfers; het belichaamt hun hoop voor de toekomst.

Kinderen zoals die in Zaatari en miljoenen anderen over de hele wereld staan centraal in het werk van de International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, waar ik afgelopen september tot ben toegetreden. Deze commissie engageert zich aan het vierde Sustainable Development Goal van de Verenigde Naties, dat tot doel heeft om in 2030 ‘inclusief en eerlijk kwaliteitsonderwijs te garanderen en levenslange leermogelijkheden te bevorderen voor iedereen.’

Dit doel is voor veel te veel kinderen nog verre toekomstmuziek. Op een moment dat zoveel ontwikkelingskwesties om onze aandacht vragen zouden beleidsmakers in gedachten moeten houden dat onderwijs niet alleen een doel op zichzelf is; het is ook een katalysator voor veel andere ontwikkelingsvooruitgang.

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