Junior High School Track
※ 500 ~ 700 words for essay contest and 4 minutes for speech contest
Goal: SDGs Goal 3 – Good Health and Well-being
Topic: Goal 3 stresses different aspects of health. Why do you think Goal 3 specifically stresses child and maternal health? What other aspects would you like to include under this goal and why?
Goal: SDGs Goal 4 – Quality Education
Despite the considerable progress on education access and participation over the past years, 262 million children and youth aged 6 to 17 were still out of school in 2017, and more than half of children and adolescents are not meeting minimum proficiency standards in reading and mathematics. Rapid technological changes present opportunities and challenges, but the learning environment, the capacities of teachers and the quality of education have not kept pace. Refocused efforts are needed to improve learning outcomes for the full life cycle, especially for women, girls and marginalized people in vulnerable settings.
Topic: A study by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics and Education in 2018 shows that the number of children, adolescents, and youth out of school totaling 258 million, shows no sign of improving. More than 97 million live in sub-Saharan Africa and over 94 million are in Central and Southern Asia. Furthermore, the number of female students out of school is much higher compared to male students in Western Asia and Northern Africa region. How do you think equal access to education and training would make a difference to these children’s lives and the most disadvantaged regions? How would promoting equal education and gender equality complement each other?