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A call for better access to education for children and young people everywhere!


Last week Mulala Yousafzai made a speech at the United Nations. She called upon politicians to ensure that all children have the right to go to school, wherever they are growing up. “Let us pick up our books and pens,” Malala said, “…they are our most powerful weapons.”

You can read more about her life and speech here as well as see a video clip: Mulala’s speech at the UN

Read more about the UN’s campaign for Global Education here: Global Education at the UN

Less than three years before a turn-of-the-millennium promise by world leaders to ensure that all children can attend primary school becomes due, 61 million still have no classroom to go to.


Think about the educational experience children in the UK and compare it to the opportunities children in other countries might have. What do you think the obstacles to universal education are? What are the implications of the fact the 61 million children around the world have no school to go to?


Author: Jean

Senior Lecturer, Education at the University of Northampton. Admissions Tutor for the Foundation Degree Learning and Teaching.

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