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Gordon Brown on Education — Half of Our Children Could Be Left Behind

Published on May 12th, 2018 • United Nations

H.E. Mr. Gordon Brown, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, explains the challenges in upholding the right to education for all and lays out a plan to counteract lack of access to education, in line with achieving the SDGs.

The former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom said these includes “75 million children, including 10 million refugees in conflict zones and other emergencies where their education is interrupted and for whom the absence of education represents a promise betrayed.”

Brown indicated that “currently, only one percent of multilateral development bank financing for middle income countries goes to education in Africa and Asia where there is the greatest need.”

He said these countries “often face an untenable choice: Stop sending children to school, or borrow money at high commercial rates.”

Brown said “the opportunity to ensure that we are the first generation in history where every child, for the first time goes to school, is our challenge, it is our task, it could be this century’s achievement. What has previously seemed impossible, we must make possible. What seemingly seemed out of our reach, is, I believe if we move forward in this united and comprehensive way, within our grasp.”

Watch the full: http://webtv.un.org/watch/the-international-commission-on-financing-global-education-opportunity-press-conference-11-may-2018/5783754229001/

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