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There is a global education crisis

By MELANIE CHERY | 4/11/2014, 7:52 p.m.

Dear editor,

As a newly appointed global youth ambassador for A World at School, I want to call attention to the 57 million children around the world who are currently being denied their human right to an education.

I am joined in this call to action by 500 other young advocates for global education. Together, we make up the Global Youth Ambassador program, launched on April 1 by United Nations Secretary-General Bank Ki-moon and United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown.

As I was raised by Haitian immigrants, it was deeply instilled in me that education guaranteed success. My passion is to seek pathways through which to motivate girls and women not only to empower themselves, but also to participate in reframing structures that restrict growth. Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz are two of my fellow ambassadors. Along with Malala Yousafzai, they were shot by the Taliban for going to school in Pakistan just over a year ago. Their story, and that of so many other of the youth advocates I have joined forces with, inspires me to stand up for the millions of children who are kept out of school because of poverty, early marriage, child labor and different forms of discrimination. As a global youth ambassador, I believe that by working with women globally, I can add to the voice of equality.

As firm believers that education is the answer to the greatest challenges we face as a society, we ask for your help in urging leaders to raise budgets, build schools, train teachers and improve learning for all children.

It has been shown that we could lift over

170 million people out of poverty simply by teaching every child in low-income countries basic reading skills. So why are we not making this a reality? Unless we revert current trends, we will not even achieve universal primary education before 2086.

So join A World at School in our campaign to get every child into school learning. Support our calls to action and get all the latest news on global education online (www.aworldatschool.org) on Twitter (@aworldatschool) and on Facebook

(www.facebook.com/AWorldAtSchool).