Julia Gillard urges action on lack of schooling for 121m children worldwide

Jul 5, 2015 by

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Ex-Australian PM says schooling – especially for girls – imperative in creating educated parents to help prevent infant mortality and lift people out of poverty

The world needs to step up its efforts to tackle the crisis of 121 million children, particularly girls, who receive no formal schooling, Julia Gillard, the former Australian prime minister, has warned.

Speaking before a major education summit in Norway, Gillard said the world was at a pivotal moment in tackling millions of children growing up without basic schooling, in much the same way as the need to address global health issues reached a tipping point in the early 2000s.

She said it was not just a moral imperative to give everyone the right to go to school but better educated parents would help prevent infant mortality and lift people out of poverty.

“The poorest girls will get there a full 70 years after the richest boys. The gap is startling,” she said. “There is a moral, rights-based reason why we’ve got to educate every girl, but there’s also a practical development outcomes if we do educate girls.

Source: Julia Gillard urges action on lack of schooling for 121m children worldwide | Global development | The Guardian

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