As a newly appointed Global Youth Ambassador for A World at School, I want to call attention to the condition of more than 57 million children around the world who are currently being denied their fundamental right to education.
I have joined in this call to action along with 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 while going to school. Their story, and that of other so many 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 poverty, early marriage, child labour and different forms of discrimination.
As firm believers in the education as 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 projected 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 learning. Support our calls to action and get all the latest news on global education online (www.aworldatschool.org) on twitter (@aworldatschool) and on Facebook (www.facebook.com/AWorldAtSchool).