'We believe that education is the most effective, sustainable means of tackling life in the 21st century'
Every child has the right to education
The Convention on the Rights of the Child places children's rights on the world's agenda. It is no surprise that it is the most widely ratified treaty in the world. Among the raft of important rights protected in that agreement, States (in international language State refers to a country) agreed that the education of children would be directed to the development of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and for the principles enshrined in the Charter of the United Nations.
Education enables growth and possibilities
Education prepares us to make choices. It enables us to experiment, to innovate, to create and to change our lives and the lives of those who come within our sphere of responsibility. The end result and the chief goal of education is that we become more effective members of our community in whatever we are doing. It broadens our sensibilities and deepens our understanding of the privileges and responsibilities of being human and members of a community. Furthermore, a good education is valuable because it opens opportunities and creates possibilities. Receiving a broad and balanced education sets a solid basis for personal achievement and individual success. Education is fundamental to the development of human potential and to full participation in society. That’s why it’s recognised as a human right. Everyone has a right to education, regardless of where you live, what your race is or whether or not you have a disability.
Possibilities to experience other human rights
Education is also fundamental to the full enjoyment of most other human rights: the right to work but also the right to health. Our world today is full of increasingly complex global issues like rising inequality, climate change, sustainability of resources and a rapidly changing economy. Technology, global competition, and changing demography are reshaping our world and our work. For young people work will be very different in terms of what they will do, where they will work, and how they will work. 40% of jobs are at high risk of automation, the workforce is becoming increasingly global, and the nature of work will be more flexible. In fact, it’s estimated a young person today will have five career changes and an average of 17 jobs in their lifetime. Therefore, investing in the next generation’s education has never been so important.
Extend the reach of education with GTEF
This is our mission at GTEF. We want to ensure that young people not only have access to education but are being equipped with the skills to thrive in this rapidly changing world. Currently throughout regions that we target children are limited to education opportunities and many do not have access to schooling at all. By working closely with community leaders and empowering local teachers through hands-on assistance, we hope to develop sustainable methods that allows them to develop their young people’s potential and to respect and enrich their culture. We hope that through a wide range of education-based projects we are giving these communities choices about how they live, and the means to make those choices.