G7 Lead­ers: Pro­mote Ed­u­ca­tion To Tackle Poverty, Global Peace


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Ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ters from the Group of Seven in­dus­tri­alised coun­tries pledged on Sun­day in Ja­pan to co-op­er­ate through ed­u­ca­tion on global is­sues in­clud­ing the on­go­ing refugee cri­sis and poverty, along with gen­eral is­sues of peace in the world. Fol­low­ing a two-day meet­ing con­clud­ing yes­ter­day, which took place in Okayama Pre­fec­ture in west­ern Ja­pan, the min­is­ters from Bri­tain, Canada, France, Ger­many, Italy, Ja­pan, the United States and the Euro­pean Union said that ed­u­ca­tion un­der­scores the fu­ture of peace in the world. The G7 min­is­ters vowed in a joint dec­la­ra­tion that ed­u­ca­tion was es­sen­tial to pro­mote core global val­ues and laws to young peo­ple, which could help to bat­tle re­li­gious rad­i­cal­iza­tion and, through higher qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion, help the Syr­ian war-linked refugee cri­sis and the coun­tries in Europe that are deal­ing with the in­flux of those dis­placed. The min­is­ters also con­curred that young peo­ple through­out the wold equally had the right to re­ceive an ed­u­ca­tion and that such op­por­tu­ni­ties should be made avail­able re­gard­less of fi­nan­cial cir­cum­stances or gen­der. The min­is­ters at the two-day meet­ing, which was hosted by Ja­panese ed­u­ca­tion min­is­ter, Hiroshi Hase, also said that sub­jects like math­e­mat­ics and the sci­ences should also be bet­ter pro­moted and made avail­able to all young­sters, in­clud­ing those in im­pov­er­ished na­tions.

The dec­la­ra­tion as well as other per­ti­nent ac­tion points will be used for the main G7 sum­mit, which will be held in Mie Pre­fec­ture, also in cen­tral Ja­pan, and hosted by Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe, on May 26 and 27.

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