Nobel laureate Satyarthi questions world’s stand on children education

Indian child rights activist and laureate Kailash Satyarthi questions the world’s stand on children’s education, saying the countries around the globe were spending money on weapons and wars instead of investing in education.

NEW DELHI, INDIA (DECEMBER 11, 2016) (ANI) – Indian child rights activist and laureate Kailash Satyarthi on Sunday (December 11) questioned the world’s stand on children education, saying the countries around the globe were spending money on weapons and wars instead of investing in education.

Satyarthi was speaking on the concluding day of Laureates and Leaders’ Summit for Children 2016 in New Delhi, which was attended by top world leaders, including former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Tibetan spiritual leader The Dalai Lama.

The Nobel laureate said almost 60 million children around the globe had never been to school.

“Why we are denied education? More than 260 million children are out of school today. Out of them almost 60 million have never been to school…the young children who have to be in primary school. Why the world is not spending money on children? And so much money goes on weapons, armies and wars and all these things. Why our children are becoming the worst victims of wars, insurgencies and conflicts?” Satyarthi said.

The summit, organised by Satyarthi’s foundation, aimed to push child rights onto the global agenda.

Satyarthi said the campaign had a clear objective to create a will for children.

“When we assembled here, we assembled with a very clear objective. And that clear objective was that we have to create a will for children which can become a legacy in the history. And will for children means the clear commitment, how we are going to do further, how we are going to translate some of those promises, made by our leaders and by the institutions for our children. So, how would they be translated into action and are we ready to it?” he added.

Meanwhile, Gillard stressed upon mobilising a global movement for facilitating child education.

“Part of what we striving for is a world where every child is educated, yes, they say, yes, they are healthy, they are not forced into slavery or child labour and they have the hope that comes with getting an education. And we can only do that if we have a global movement that is mobilising to say that every child should get an education,” said Gillard.

According to the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF, children continue to live – and die – in unconscionable conditions. In 2015, an estimated 5.9 million children died before reaching age 5, mostly as a result of preventable and treatable diseases.

Millions more children are still denied access to education simply because their parents are poor or from a stigmatized group, because they were born female, or because they are growing up in countries affected by conflict or chronic crises.

Even though poverty is falling globally, nearly half of the world’s extreme poor are children, and many more experience multiple dimensions of poverty in their lives, adds UNICEF.

The summit concluded with delegates giving an action-based declaration on what they will do in their own countries and across the world to push policy, funds and solutions towards ending violations against children.