Written by Taha Fathima Khan
To the Editor,
As a newly-appointed Global Youth Ambassador for A World at School, I want to bring attention to the 59 million children around the world currently being denied their human right to an education.
I am joined in this call to action by over 500 other young advocates for global education. Together, we make up the Global Youth Ambassadors group – launched in 2014 by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban 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 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 more than 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 by signing up for our regular e-mail updates at www.aworldatschool.org . You’ll be the first to hear about the latest global education news and calls to action. Also, follow us on twitter (@aworldatschool) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/AWorldAtSchool).
(Taha is a Semester 5 Medical student (ME1/14). She is also the founder and CEO of the Child Awareness Project, a cause that advocates for Children’s Rights. You can read more about the cause at ChildAwarePro.wix.com/Project)