With education "sky is the limit" for young people, says UN chief

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Students attend class at a school in Gao, Mali. UN Photo/Marco Dormino

The sky is the limit for young people if the right investments are made in education, according to the UN Secretary-General.

Ban Ki-moon commented on the 2015 Education for All Global Monitoring Report issued by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Thursday.

Cathrine Hasselberg reports.

UNESCO's Education for All Global Monitoring Report shows that challenges remain with only a third of countries having met their education goals and only half achieving universal primary education.

Yet, the report also details many success stories, Ban Ki-moon said.

50 million more children are in primary school today and the number of children and adolescents out of school has been cut by almost half.

He also pointed out that a number of countries have seen dramatic improvements in primary enrolment, including in the priority area of girls' education and pre-primary education.

"We know progress is possible when effective policy is matched with resources and will. This is a crucially important lesson as we shape the post-2015 development agenda and work to advance the goals of our Global Education First Initiative to get every child to school, ensure quality education and promote global citizenship. We know that when we work together and invest in the future the sky is the limit for young people." (29"

UNESCO says that an extra $22 billion a year is needed on top of already ambitious government contributions to ensure that the new education targets now being set for 2030 are achieved.

Cathrine Hasselberg, United Nations.

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