The very notion of quality education for all implies that every child learns in a language that he or she understands. Yet nearly 40% of the world’s population does not have access to education in their mother tongue, especially in areas with large linguistic diversity, such as Asia, sub-Saharan Africa and the Pacific.
On this International Education Day (24 January) , recently adopted by the United Nations, let us remember that the right of every child to have a trained and qualified teacher is still far from being respected.
There are International Days for the planet, against impoverishment, hunger, for animal protection, for teachers, against AIDS or leprosy. In short, there are all kinds of International Days. Perhaps even too many, is sometimes heard …
In the mountainous province of Hoa Binh, one household in three is either poor or nearly poor. Among children under 6, the malnutrition rate is one of the highest in Vietnam (25%).