As a newly-appointed Global Youth Ambassador for A World at School, I want to bring attention to the 57 million children around the world currently being denied their human right to an education. I am joined in this call to action by over 500 other young advocates for global education. Together, we make up the Global Youth Ambassadors group – recently launched by the United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the UN Special Envoy for Global Education, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Gordon Brown.
Shazia and Kainat are two of my fellow Ambassadors. Along with Malala Yousafzai, they were shot by the Taliban for going to school in Pakistan just over a year ago. Their story, and that of so many other of the youth advocates I have joined forces with, inspires me to stand up for the millions of children that are kept out of school because of poverty, early marriage, child labour and different forms of discrimination.
As firm believers that education is the answer to the greatest challenges we face as a society, we ask for your help in urging leaders to raise budgets, build schools, train teachers and improve learning for all children.
I believe education is the key to building a better future for us all. I hope that together we promote this message and show that we cares about every child’s human right to go to school and learn.
Zohaib Nawaz Tarar
A World at School Global Youth Ambassador
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