Education featured prominently again this year during the UN General Assembly week in New York, which gathers delegates from more than a hundred member countries to attend thousands of meetings.
We were honored that three world leaders – Emmanuel Macron, French president, Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, and Theresa May, UK Prime Minister – chose to speak up on behalf of the 130 million girls around the world who are not in school. The session they headlined was titled “12 years to break barriers and leave no girl behind: Countdown to 2030”
The event had other prominent education champions: Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation Ulla Tørnæs, and Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Sigrid Kaag, who announced a new contribution to GPE of 100 million euros.
We are grateful for the tremendous support shown for education in general, and in particular education for the girls who currently don’t have the chance to learn.
Our world will be a better place once all of them are in school and can achieve their full potential.