Friday, 25 April 2014

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A World at School – Time is running out to achieve the second Millennium Development Goal

Gordon and Ban

The second Millennium Development Goal is to “ensure that, by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike, will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling.” That’s less than 1,000 days from now, and there are still 61 million children out of school worldwide and hundreds of millions more not learning.
 
But according to Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, there’s something we can do to help. After the I Am Malala campaign, he is now supporting the launch of “A World At School” to highlight the great work that many organizations are already doing to get children into school. The goal of “A World at School” is to bring more support and attention to the campaigns, programs and movements that are working to achieve our goal.

Earlier, Brown proposed the powerful concept of a Children’s Day, similar to Mother’s Day and Father’s Day. Children’s Day would be globally recognised and include media focus, short stories, a musical anthem and dedicated time spent on children’s issues. “Education is a powerful weapon: the means by which a community can escape poverty, a country can escape economic failure, and a world can provide security for its inhabitants,” Gordon Brown said. “There are solutions to problems like child labour, child marriage and child trafficking; three major reasons children can’t go to school. Let’s show the world we mean business and do something about it!”

In a video message, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged media professionals to “join us in a campaign to make sure no child is denied a quality education.”