Education of boys and girls critical for progress: UN chief

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Ban Ki-moon

Providing education to boys and girls is essential for the development of societies, said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday.

The Secretary-General spoke at Colombia University in New York where he said young people are a force for transformation.

The Secretary-General said the three Es which are important for young people are education, employment and empowerment.

He said countries around the world are brining more children into classrooms but still more than 125 million young people cannot read or write and 74 million young people are jobless.

Mr. Ban said particular attention must be paid to the educational needs of girls.

"A girl who never gets the opportunities she deserves is one less scientist discovering a breakthrough , one less peacemaker negotiating ceasefires, and one less university president helping to shape a better future. The United Nations is working to get more girls in schools. Around the world at least 67 million young people, including boys and girls are out of school at this time. We have to address gender inequality – and we have to look at other injustices." 

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The Secretary-General said there is also a need to address the issues of migrants, persons with disabilities, refugees and other marginalized people who struggle to go to classes.

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