War could deny education to whole generation

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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets Gordon Brown, on the sidelines of the UN Summit on Sustainable Development.
UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

The impact of war means that record numbers of children are being kept out of the classroom, according to the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown.

Conflicts in the Middle East and beyond, have turned millions of pupils into refugees, the former British Prime Minister said, while funding has been cut year-on-year.

He was speaking just after it was announced that he will chair a new International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, which has been set up by the Government of Norway.

It's estimated that 124 million young people are out of school, and not enough has been done to reverse the trend.

Matthew Wells asked him to outline the task facing the new commission:

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