Did you know that 57 million primary-aged children worldwide do not have the opportunity to attend school? Additionally, 69 million adolescents are not able to get a quality education. And of the many children who are fortunate enough to have some formal education, 250 million do not have basic literacy and math skills. These are alarming figures, because data shows that a good education can lead to a better life and a stronger economy.
Last July on Malala Day, the UN’s call to action for governments, donors, organizations and individuals to support education was made stronger by the voices of youth from around the world. Their message was very clear: education must be at the forefront of the public agenda for both individual nations and the international development community.