Today, let’s celebrate the International Education Day together!
Education is a human right. It builds self-confidence, helps to acquire skills, promotes equality, fosters respect for human rights and enhances the creation of opportunities throughout life. Aware of the importance of education in achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) defined by the United Nations, AAD-Fund has always been committed to ensuring access to equitable and quality education for all, through its “Belles Bibliothèques” program in sub-Saharan Africa and the “Township Orchestra” program in South Africa.
As a pillar of human well-being and sustainable development, education is essential. The Covid-19 pandemic has led to an unprecedented global disruption of learning and access to education. Between school closures and distance education, the lives of billions of learners have been affected.
More than ever, AAD-Fund needed to intensify its commitment to its partners, including Musiquelaine, with whom we have been developing the Township Orchestra since 2014. Together, in the spring of 2020, we enabled the students of the orchestra at the Steinberg Highschool in Cape Town to have access to digital tablets so that they could follow online courses.
AAD-Fund has also joined forces with the artist Dominique Zinkpè and the Collectif des Artistes du Bénin to create a “Belle Bibliothèque” within the Lieu Unik in the small town of Abomey, in the frame of the “Resistances 2020 program“. This library will facilitate access to books and knowledge, while promoting exchanges between the town’s young people.
These commitments to protect education and fight against the abandonment of learning are close to our hearts. It is essential to relaunch and energise education for the “Covid-19 generation”, so let’s celebrate International Education Day together!