No child should have to die for going to school: Ban

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Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Malala Yousafzai

No child should have to die for going to school, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said Friday in remarks to a Youth Assembly marking Malala Day.

He says there's much work to do – 57 million children are not in school. Most of them are girls. Half live in conflict-affected countries.

The Secretary-General says by targeting Malala, extremists showed what they feared the most: a girl with a book.

” And as we have tragically seen in several countries around the world, children – girls and boys – and their teachers also have been targeted. They have been threatened. They have been assaulted. They have been killed. We cannot let this happen. No child should have to die for going to school. Nowhere should teachers fear to teach or children fear to learn. Together, we can change this picture. This is the vision of my Global Education First Initiative. It has three priorities. Put every child in school. Improve the quality of learning. And foster global citizenship.”

Secretary-General Ban says Governments and partners around the world have made important progress in education. UNESCO and UNICEF have helped lead the support of the UN family.

He lamented that at a time when we must step up our efforts, international aid for basic education has declined for the first time in a decade.

Donn Bobb, United Nations.

Duration: 1’31″

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