Recession May Cost U.N. Its Education Development Goal

Among the targets set out by the U.N. in its Millennium Development Goals, which it adopted in 2000, was a plan to ensure primary education for...

Among the targets set out by the U.N. in its Millennium Development Goals, which it adopted in 2000, was a plan to ensure primary education for all children worldwide. The recently released UNESCO "Global Monitoring Report" warns that universal primary education may be imperiled by the global recession.A Brookings Institute report in advance of last year's G20 summit warned that Africa would lose crucial capital investments from the United States and Europe as a result of the recession and that the lost funds would have a major impact on poorer people. That seems to be true. Take the example of France: Last year, the AFP reported that the country budgeted 0.47 percent of its GNP for development assistance, but that it would dwindle to 0.41 percent in 2010.Among the achievements made by the U.N. over the last ten years is 33 million more children attending schools. UNESCO estimates that $16 billion per year will be needed to get the remaining 72 million children into school. (At the current pace, only 16 million more children will be enrolled by the target date of 2015.)The $16 billion cost seems immense, the report's lead author Kevin Watkins told The Guardian, "unless measured against the scale of resources mobilized to rescue ailing financial institutions." He went on to add:
"It represents about 2% of the amount mobilised to rescue just four major banks in the UK and US. Governments point out that securing the financial assets and balance sheets of banks represents an investment. But the same is true of international aid for education, which is an investment in poverty reduction, shared prosperity and a more equitable pattern of globalization."
The UNESCO report also calls out rich countries for exaggerating the amount of aid they've offered to the developing world to ameliorate the effects of the global economic slowdown. Among those who have strongly implored rich nations to continue their aid programs in spite of the depression is Bill Gates.Photo via Flickr user Teseum
AFP News Agency / Twitter

A study out of Belgium found that smart people are much less likely to be bigoted. The same study also found that people who are bigoted are more likely to overestimate their own intelligence.

A horrifying story out of Germany is a perfect example of this truth on full display: an anti-Semite was so dumb the was unable to open a door at the temple he tried to attack.

On Wednesday, October 9, congregants gathered at a synagogue in Humboldtstrasse, Germany for a Yom Kippur service, and an anti-Semite armed with explosives and carrying a rifle attempted to barge in through the door.

Keep Reading Show less
via Andi-Graf / Pixabay

The old saying goes something like, "Possessions don't make you happy." A more dire version is, "What you own, ends up owning you."

Are these old adages true or just the empty words of ancient party-poopers challenging you not to buy an iPhone 11? According to a new study of 968 young adults by the University of Arizona, being materialistic only brings us misery.

The study examined how engaging in pro-environmental behaviors affects the well-being of millenials. The study found two ways in which they modify their behaviors to help the environment: they either reduce what they consume or purchase green items.

Keep Reading Show less

One of the biggest obstacles to getting assault weapons banned in the United States is the amount of money they generate.

There were around 10 million guns manufactured in the U.S. in 2016 of which around 2 million were semiautomatic, assault-style weapons. According to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the firearms industry's trade association, the U.S. industry's total economic impact in 2016 alone was $51 billion.

In 2016, the NRA gave over $50 million to buy support from lawmakers. When one considers the tens of millions of dollars spent on commerce and corruption, it's no wonder gun control advocates have an uphill battle.

That, of course, assumes that money can control just about anyone in the equation. However, there are a few brave souls who actually value human life over profit.

Keep Reading Show less
via Reddit and NASA / Wikimedia Commons

Trees give us a unique glimpse into our past. An examination of tree rings can show us what the climate was like in a given year. Was it a wet winter? Were there hurricanes in the summer? Did a forest fire ravage the area?

An ancient tree in New Zealand is the first to provide evidence of the near reversal of the Earth's magnetic field over 41,000 years ago.

Over the past 83 million years there have been 183 magnetic pole reversals, a process that takes about 7,000 years to complete.

Keep Reading Show less
The Planet
via Pixabay

The final episode of "The Sopranos" made a lot of people angry because it ends with mob boss Tony Soprano and his family eating at an ice cream parlor while "Don't Stop Believin'" by Journey plays in the background … and then, suddenly, the screen turns black.

Some thought the ending was a dirty trick, while others saw it as a stroke of brilliance. A popular theory is that Tony gets shot, but doesn't know it because, as his brother-in-law Bobby Baccala said, "You probably don't even hear it when it happens, right?"

So the show gives us all an idea of what it's like to die. We're here and then we're not.

Keep Reading Show less