Education is "civil rights struggle" of the generation

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Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, briefs the press. UN Photo/Mark Garten

Education has been described as the "civil rights struggle" of our generation by the UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

Gordon Brown was speaking ahead of the launch on Sunday of a report which aims to provide a roadmap for achieving equal educational opportunities for children and young people, wherever they are in the world.

Daniel Dickinson reports.

The UN says that globally some 263 million children and young people, mainly in southern Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa do not go to school.

And 25 million will never even have the opportunity to begin their education.

Gordon Brown is heading up the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, an initiative which is hoping to reverse that situation.

"The demand for education is the civil rights struggle of our generation. Unless we can find a way of preventing girls being subjected to child marriage when they should be at school, boys and girls being forced into child labour when they should be at school, trafficking and girls being denied rights simply because they are girls, then we are failing a whole generation of young people."

On Sunday, the Commission is presenting its first report to the United Nations.

It will explore new and strategic education financing approaches and will aim to build worldwide political will to secure more support for education.

It's thought that US$39 billion a year will be needed up to 2030, in global education funding.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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