Im­prove learn­ing for all chil­dren

Daily Trust - - VIEWS -

As a newly ap­pointed Global Youth Am­bas­sador for A World at School, I want to call at­ten­tion to the 57 mil­lion chil­dren around the world that are cur­rently be­ing de­nied their hu­man right to an ed­u­ca­tion.

I am joined in this call to ac­tion by 500 other young ad­vo­cates for global ed­u­ca­tion. To­gether, we make up the Global Youth Am­bas­sadors group – launched on April 1, by the United Na­tions Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral Bank Ki Moon and the United Na­tions Spe­cial En­voy for Global Ed­u­ca­tion Gor­don Brown.

Shazia and Kainat are two of my fel­low Am­bas­sadors. Along with Malala Yousafzai, They were shot by the Tal­iban for go­ing to school in Pak­istan just over a year ago. Their story, and that of so many other of the youth ad­vo­cates I have joined forces with, in­spires me to stand up for the mil­lions of chil­dren that are kept out of school be­cause of ter­ror­ism, poverty, early mar­riage, child labour and dif­fer­ent forms of dis­crim­i­na­tion.

As firm be­liev­ers that ed­u­ca­tion is the an­swer to the great­est chal­lenges we face as a so­ci­ety, we ask for your help in urg­ing lead­ers to raise bud­gets, build schools, train teach­ers and im­prove learn­ing for all chil­dren.

It has been shown that we could lift over 170 mil­lion people out of poverty sim­ply by teach­ing ev­ery child in low-in­come coun­tries ba­sic read­ing skills.

So why are we not mak­ing this a re­al­ity?

Un­less we re­vert cur­rent trends, we will not even achieve uni­ver­sal pri­mary ed­u­ca­tion be­fore 2086.

So Join A World at School in our cam­paign to get ev­ery child into school and learn­ing.

Philip Obaji Jr. aworl­datschool.com

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