Education is the foundation for a country’s sustainable development in its economic, social and environmental dimensions.It must be regarded as a founding element of the right to a decent life and to individual development and as a key factor for reducing poverty and inequalities. As shown in surveys by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), education is a lever to reach other development goals at the level of health, nutrition, the environment and citizens, but it also depends on progress in other areas.
Equitable education increases the prosperity of individuals, families and societies while poverty is still the primary obstacle to primary school enrolment.
Education promotes gender equality and the empowerment of women
Education improves health and nutrition for all; conversely, health and nutrition contribute to the quality of education.
Education helps reduce the infant mortality rate and improve child nutrition and health: a child born to a mother who can read and write is 50% more likely to survive past the age of five.
Empowerment through education is a powerful antidote against the risk of early pregnancy: women who have studied longer are more likely to postpone and space out pregnancies and to seek medical care and supervision.
Education helps combat the great pandemics: women who have had a post-primary education are five times more likely than illiterate women to be informed about HIV/AIDS. In countries where the HIV/AIDS infection is high, HIV/AIDS accounts for 77% of teacher shortage.
Education helps ensure environmental sustainability.
Education in sustainable development is the cornerstone of changing values and behaviour with a view to preserving resources and the environment
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