The World Economic Forum has identified a lack of basic primary education for more than a third of the world’s children. John Goodwin, CEO of The LEGO Foundation, looks at the consequences of this for the fight against inequality. He argues that tackling this begins with learning and that at its foundation is playtime. Keep reading for his vital strategy on how to face our future.
Globalization and technological advances have not automatically lifted everyone. Inequality is growing, both within and between countries. To help unify a world that is becoming increasingly fractured we need leaders, who have a sense of collective stewardship, and innovators, who can find new solutions to current and future challenges – possibly using technology that has not yet been invented.
without proper learning taking place in schools, education will fail to deliver on its promise
The vital question, therefore, is how far are we succeeding in fostering the skills children need to be those future leaders and innovators? The World Bank dedicated its latest annual flagship report, the World Development Report (September 2017), entirely to learning and education, for the first time. According to it, 650 million children attend primary school, but a staggering 250 million are not even learning basic skills. Even after several years in school, children, especially those in the developing world, cannot read, write or do basic maths.
As the report concludes, without proper learning taking place in schools, education will fail to deliver on its promise to eliminate extreme poverty and create shared opportunity and prosperity for all.