first_imgmy fellow ‘A World at School Global Youth Ambassadors’ and thousands of young advocates for education around the world to demand the right to education and safeschools for all.No child should have to risk being attacked or abducted for going toschool, yet around the world attacks on students, teachers and schoolsare on the rise and 28 million children are out of school due toconflict and emergencies.United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown hasechoed the responsibility we have to ensure children are in a safeenvironment, “It is our moral duty to make sure that every singlechild in the world can enjoy the basic right to education – free ofterror, free of fear, and with the support of the internationalcommunity.”The kidnapping of the Chibok girls shocked and outraged theinternational community. But this is not just about Chibok. Whilechildren risk violence to get a seat in a classroom, donor aid toeducation is in steady decline, many countries do not have plans toreach the most marginalized children, and the 2015 target for gettingall children in school and learning is being pushed back to 2030. Thisis unacceptable.Girls’ education is also a critical issue in our own country.Education enables girls and women to overcome oppressive sociallimitations such as exploitative work and child marriage, and enablesthem to learn how to better claim social and economic rights. Aneducated female population increases a country’s productivity andfuels economic growth, yet some countries lose more than $1 billion ayear by failing to educate girls to the same level as boys.Now is a critical time not only for rescuing the Nigerian girls butalso for securing the right to education and safety of all studentsacross the world. We have the power to make these issues a globalpriority.A world at school Global youth Ambassador, Salimatou Fatty]]>last_img

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