“Education is the most empowering force in the world,” said Save the Children International CEO Helle Thorning-Schmidt in a speech at the Education World Forum on January 23. “It creates knowledge, builds confidence and breaks down barriers to opportunity.
Held in the United Kingdom, the forum drew education ministers and senior advisors representing over 80 percent of the world’s population to debate future education policy. Speakers included education pioneers, policy makers, education experts and education ministers.
Thorning-Schmidt added that while education is part of the normal routine for students in some parts of the world, in other areas “it’s like a precious gift.” All children deserve that precious gift, she said. She noted that under the Sustainable Development Goals, the world is committed to giving all children an inclusive and quality education by 2030. That requires getting the 263 million children who are currently out of school back in, as well as ensuring that all children who reach Grade 4 have learned basic reading and math skills.
“The case for education is indisputable, and we have no time to waste,” Thorning-Schmidt concluded. “Millions of children and youth around the world cannot wait any longer.” Read the full speech on the ReliefWeb website.