Malala, Obaji Named Global Partnership For Education Champions

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Nobel Laurate, Malala Yousafzai and activist Philip Obaji are among eight education advocates named by Global Partnership for Education (GPE) as champions.

young activists join a group global education advocates, adding their voices to support GPE’s work almost 60 low-income countries to ensure every child receives a quality, basic education.

As GPE Champions, Malala, Obaji and other advocates will be speaking up for the rights children, to an education – and urging governments, business and civil society to work together to fulfill the long-standing pledge delivering education for all.

Malala – who last year became the youngest ever Nobel Prize Winner – said on GPE website: “Education is the right every girl, every human being. ’m proud to be a champion for the Global Partnership for Education. believe all countries can do more, rich countries must do their part and keep their promises, and developing countries must give more their own budgets to education.”

Malala added: “Every student knows what is like to take an exam. hope world will pass their own test and resolve to keep their promises every day, every country, every classroom.”

Obaji – who won The Africa Awards Prize Education last year – said on GPE website: “As a children’s rights activist, ’ve worked with the most violated, traumatised and forgotten children in northern . have seen children physically and mentally tortured, forcibly conscripted into armed groups, and forced to leave their homes. But have also witnessed the transformative power of education.”

Obaji added: “The Global Partnership for Education has helped many developing countries, including , take the right path in their education systems. As a result, millions of children are back in school, and funding is increasing for education in many places.”
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A World At School co-founder, Chernor Bah, Dutch Youth Representative to UNESCO, Frits Brouwer, UNICEF Young Ambassador, Hayley McQuire, Canadian advocate and President of OneChild, Cheryl Perera, President of Leonard Cheshire Young Voices, Guyana, Leroy Philips, and Cameroonian advocate and Member of the United Nations Global Education First Initiative Youth Advocacy Group, Bertheline Nina Tchangoue are other young advocates championing the GPE cause.