Business Shouldn’t Forget the World’s Out-of-School Children

Business Shouldn’t Forget the World’s Out-of-School Children

by Olivia Simone
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Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 12:30pm

CAMPAIGN: Education for a Sustainable Future


As parents send their children off to school this September, they should not forget the 59 million children across the globe who only dream of making it to the classroom. Despite prioritizing increasing access to free, basic education across the globe fifteen years ago as Goal 2 of the Millennium Development Goals, enrollment numbers have sputtered, stalled, and abruptly declined, in large part from emergencies and crises.

Conflicts and emergency situations have shattered the sanctity of schools, which are counted on as a safe haven. The massive Ebola epidemic and the earthquake in Nepal, for example, have diverted education financing and resources, barring children from the classroom and forcing them to veer down the path of child labor or live out their childhoods within refugee camps where learning materials may never reach them.

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Olivia Simone is a Project Assistant at the nonprofit, the Global Business Coalition for Education, which works to partner businesses to scale up their investment in global, universal education. Olivia has a masters in journalism from NYU and has been published in major publications such as Cosmopolitan, Woman's Day, and Tablet, as well as daily newspapers in Maine and Boston.

CATEGORY: Education