Michelle Obama urges leaders to fight for girls’ education
Michelle Obama urged international leaders to show courage and commitment of girls who make sacrifices to earn education at an event devoted to fighting a global learning crisis. She believes children around the globe deserve quality education.
One of several millennium developmental goals the United Nations has committed to achieve by 2015 is universal education for every child.
According to UNESCO’s most recent data, 250 million of the 650 million primary school-aged children worldwide cannot read, write, or do basic mathematics.
During her keynote speech held on the sidelines of the United Nations’ General Assembly, Obama recalled Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai, who became a celebrity around the world after surviving a gunshot to the head by the Taliban for being vocal for girls’ education.
The First Lady said,“If we truly believe that every girl in every corner of the globe is worthy of an education as our own daughters and granddaughters are, then we need to deepen our commitment to these efforts.”
Director-General Irina Bokova of UNESCO stated in June that there is “no chance whatsoever” that the world will hit the millennium development education target by next year.
Bokova informs us that the bulk of out-of-school children are in conflict areas, so it becomes a security issue in many parts of the world.
The First Lady always speaks up for women and their rights to education, and I applaud her for her dedication and fervor. While meeting the development goals by 2015 has been deemed impossible, I am thrilled that the goals are in place – it’s a huge step in the right direction. I look forward to the day that every child in every part of our world can safely attend school and earn an education.