Malala Petitions to Fund Education for Girls
Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate, has launched an online petition on a community-driven petitions site Change.org.
The petition urges to fund 12 years of education for girls around the world. It says that currently there are over 60 million girls around the world who share a thirst for education, yet do not have the opportunity to go to school or who have to drop out too soon.
In September, world leaders will commit to 12 years of free, safe, quality primary and secondary education for every girl and every boy in the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
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“This commitment holds tremendous promise for my sisters demanding more for their lives. But a commitment only counts if a commitment is kept. The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) must lead the way in upholding this commitment, just as it has led way in supporting 9 years of education for millions of children to date,” said Malala who now lives in the United Kingdom.
The GPE is a major funder of education in some of the world’s poorest countries. It makes possible incredible work to help students all over the world, every day. When countries give money in foreign aid for education lots of it goes to the GPE, and in December its Board of Directors will determine how that money will be used by over 60 nations around the world.
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But currently the GPE’s focus is on funding 9 years of free, quality education for girls in these countries.
We are asking that the GPE Board vote to expand its focus to a full 12 years of primary and secondary education and that GPE partners step up and give more money so that girls are given the opportunity to complete secondary schooling.
A change like this will have a dramatic effect on the lives of millions of girls around the world who will be able to go on to become the leaders, teachers, scientists that they want to be and that our world needs, says the petition which has already been signed by over 567,000 supporters.
“I am blessed everyday to wake up and know that I can receive a free, quality primary and secondary education, but I shouldn’t be the exception. Now is the time for us to join our voices and make a change for our sisters around the world,” Malala urged.
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