Are you #UpForSchool?

2015-04-08 08:45

As a newly-appointed Global Youth Ambassador for A World at School, I want to bring attention to the 58 million children around the world currently being denied their human right to an education.

I am joined in this call to action by over 400 other young advocates for global education. Together, we make up the Global Youth Ambassadors group – launched last year by the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown.

Growing up in South Africa and having had the opportunity to achieve many of my dreams at such a young age, for example, being featured in Entrepreneur Magazine and Carte Blanche and being selected as an Associate Fellow of the Royal Commonwealth Society by the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust in England. I highly doubt that I would have been able to conqueror those mountains or even dream as BIG, if I had not been educated. Hence, I stand for the 58 million children who are out of school and the hundreds of millions more who are in school, but not learning.

In South Africa alone, our performance levels are lower compared to many other countries. The WEF’s 2014 Global Information Technology Report ranked South Africa 146th for the overall quality of its education, below several other African countries including Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Swaziland. According to UNICEF SA, this could be due to the fact that many of our children experience a broken journey through school, interrupted by irregular attendance, absent teachers, teenage pregnancy and school-related abuse and violence. Around 27 per cent of our public schools do not have running water and 78 per cent are without libraries. It is quite clear that opportunities for better education are limited and that it’s our responsibility to stand for the voiceless and urge leaders to raise budgets, build schools, train teachers and improve learning for all children.

This can only be done by unifying our voices as political leaders are able to act when they hear a clear single loud message.  As soon as they hear different versions and different messages, guess what they do? They do nothing.

My fellow Global Youth Ambassadors and I are pressurizing world leaders into prioritising education by standing ?#?UpForSchool and signing the world’s largest education petition in history that no government, politician or leader can ignore.

This is not an individual concern but a global concern. We need to take action and if you say you’re committed to a better world, you need to take your place and you need to take it in this movement.

Education changes lives.

With that being said, be brave enough to stand up for education and thoughtful enough to rise for those boys and girls who face the barriers we are trying to bring down by signing the #UpForSchool Petition.

To sign and get more information on the petition, follow this link --> http://awas.controlshiftlabs.com/p/dennis

Dennis Ngango

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