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In September 2000, leaders of the world gathered in New York to assess progress on the UN’s Millennium Development Goals for halving extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. The target is quite literally, a matter of life and death for the one billion people who struggle on a daily basis to avoid starvation.
With only four years to go, the bitter truth is that the world is going backwards on hunger. The region which is home to largest numbers of hungry people, South Asia, has lost the ground in the wake of the food crisis.
*Over 1 billion people are hungry in the world right now.
*Everyday almost 17000 children die from hunger related causes- 1 child in every 5 seconds
*A further 750 million people are now at risk of falling into chronic hunger.
*This means that 1.75 billion people, or 25% of the world's population, now lack basic food security.
*Global food prices have increased by 83 percent in the last 2 years
*70% of the hungry are female. Women in poor countries grow more than 60% of the food but own less than 1% of the land. Yet there is enough food in the world to feed everybody.
So, ACTIONAID ACTIVISTA is coming together globally to spread awareness on CLIMATE JUSTICE and will drive change by pushing governments to introduce and implement laws that bring an immediate end to all deaths by starvation and ensure basic social protection.
It is a Global Youth network of 27 countries, which includes South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Nigeria, Gambia, Sierra Leone, Zimbabwe, Nepal, Myanmar/Burma, Denmark, United Kingdom, USA, France, Greece, Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, Bolivia, Peru, Haiti and Nicaragua.
ACTIVISTA believes that by acting together, poverty and hunger can be ended.
Are you Ready, Willing & Able to give every child the right to an education?
There are around 50 million disabled children in Africa and the reality is that around 90% of these children are being denied this right – the right to an education
And the UN has committed to give every child a right to a primary education by 2015 and both David Cameron and Nick Clegg have given their support to this goal in principle
What isn’t clear, is what action the UK government is going to take to ensure that disabled children are included in this goal by the UN target date of 2015
We are calling on the new UK government to confirm its commitment to ensuring that every disabled child in the world can get a primary education by 2015
We are also calling on the government to publish a step-by-step guide to the actions it is committing to take to tackle this issue over the next five years
Our concern is that the world isn’t really Ready, Willing & Able to give every disabled child a right to an education by 2015?
We say the world isn’t yet READY to give every disabled child a right to an education, because we don’t even know how many disabled children there are in the world or the real percentage of those, not in school who are disabled
We say the world isn’t yet WILLING to give to give every disabled child a right to an education as there is a clear lack of both policy commitments and practice on the need to include disabled children in all education initiatives
We say the world isn’t yet ABLE to give to give every disabled child a right to an education because we don’t even know how much it will cost to overcome the barriers to accessibility that disabled children face – and there is a lack of international commitment to address the attitudinal and environmental barriers that prevent us from giving disabled child a right to an education
And if you are Ready, Willing & Able to take action today and give every disabled child a right to an education there are four things you can do today to help us help millions of disabled children in Africa:
1. Sign the petition below
2. Join our Ready, Willing & Able campaign by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
3. Tell your friends about the campaign and ask them to join today
4. Support our work by making a donation to AbleChildAfrica today by visiting www.ablechildafrica.org.uk and clicking on the donate button
Thank you for being Ready, Willing & Able to help some of Africa’s 50 million disabled children to get the best possible start in life