“I speak not for myself but for those without a voice…
those who have fought for their rights…
their right to live in peace, their right to be treated with dignity,
their right to equality of opportunity,
their right to be educated”
– Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai, the youngest ever Nobel Prize laureate, is asking us to stand with her in asking the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to extend its mission and GPE partners to increase their funding to support 12 years of free primary and secondary education for every girl, no matter where they live:
In September, world leaders will commit to 12 years of free, safe, quality primary and secondary education for every girl and every boy in the new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. This commitment holds tremendous promise for my sisters demanding more for their lives. But a commitment only counts if a commitment is kept. The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) must lead the way in upholding this commitment, just as it has led way in supporting 9 years of education for millions of children to date.
The GPE is a major funder of education in some of the world’s poorest countries. It makes possible incredible work to help students all over the world, every day. When countries give money in foreign aid for education lots of it goes to the GPE, and in December its Board of Directors will determine how that money will be used by over 60 nations around the world.
But currently the GPE’s focus is on funding 9 years of free, quality education for girls in these countries. We are asking that the GPE Board vote to expand its focus to a full 12 years of primary and secondary education and that GPE partners step up and give more money so that girls are given the opportunity to complete secondary schooling . A change like this will have a dramatic effect on the lives of millions of girls around the world who will be able to go on to become the leaders, teachers, scientists that they want to be and that our world needs.
I am blessed everyday to wake up and know that I can receive a free, quality primary and secondary education, but I shouldn’t be the exception. Now is the time for us to join our voices and make a change for our sisters around the world.
Stand with us and ask the GPE and its partners to lead the way on 12 years of primary and secondary schooling for girls through committing to mobilise the money necessary to achieve it.
Considering the Universal Intention of Pope Francis for September 2015 is “that opportunities for education and employment may increase for young people”, this petition is more timely than ever.