School fees are widely recognized as a major barrier to achieving Millennium Development Goal 2 on universal access to primary education. Adams Abdulai Iddrisu is the head teacher at Zoozugu Primary School in the Tamale region of northern Ghana – one of a few countries that has abolished school fees in recent years. He spoke to UNICEF Radio about how taking away the price tag has helped many students stay in school.
More emphasis must be placed on education as most poverty reduction interventions depend on the availability of human capital for spearheading them.
We also need better understanding of what happens to rural people and their cultures when they are forced from their home localities or even far from familiar regions and ecosystems.
Unless we act now by setting strategic priorities, sixty-nine million children will still not be in school in 2015 and 796 million adults will remain illiterate. We cannot let this happen!
The Mobile Schools project makes the entire computer lab and library mobile and independent of local infrastructure, and travels to villages at a relatively low cost.
We hope to help educate young people about the complex, transnational issues of our time, and cultivate a global mindset and a keener sense of global citizenship.