It is with utter shock and dismay that I learned about the suicide bombing attack on a school in Potiskum in the northern Nigerian state of Yobe that reportedly killed more than 40 students and injured many more. This violence against children, who were simply pursuing their human right to be educated is appalling and heartbreaking, and the perpetrators have to be brought to justice.
Her Highness and panelists call for universal primary education to be first priority for development agenda post-2015.
The $26 billion needed to achieve universal primary education is spent each week on military activities by countries across the globe, according to education campaigners.
The amount needed to provide a year’s education to the 58 million out-of-school children worldwide, US$26 billion, is equivalent to what governments are spending on military operations in 6 days.
Haiti receives a grant of US$24 million to support schooling of more than 230,000 children.