Malala is doing her part, governments must do theirs: Special Rapporteur on Education

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Malala Yousafzai

"When a girl is determined to learn, and her family and community support her, she cannot be stopped by anyone, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education, Kishore Singh said Friday as the United Nations celebrates the impact that Malala Yousafzai has had by risking her life to get the education which is her right.

In a statement marking Malala Day, the UN human rights expert urges governments worldwide to overcome challenges and do their part:

He said Malala's example inspires untold numbers of mothers and daughters to face down intimidation and fear, and to demand from their local governments what is their most basic right – an education.

The Special Rapporteur said "governments must now work to ensure that all children receive the message that they must be in schools, in a classroom. Governments must be clear that education is not a privilege; it is a human right".

He said "many challenges remain for the millions of children who are out of school", stressing that "no child should fear violence for wanting to learn. Children must not have to pay for school fees, uniforms or transportation".

According to Special rapporteur Kishore Singh, "No child should have to work to be able to eat. Vulnerable groups, including children with disabilities, minorities, migrants and refugees all require and deserve extra support".

He said that all of these difficulties cannot be ignored; they must be overcome for the Millennium Development Goals to be achieved by 2015.

Donn Bobb, United Nations Radio.

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