“I tell my story not because it is unique, but because it is the story of many girls.”
Malala Day is celebrated July 12 in honor of Malala Yousafzai’s birthday. It also marks the anniversary of Yousafzai leading the first Youth Takeover of the UN in 2013. Malala was the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, she advocates for the rights of children and women.
Quality education is the foundation for improving people’s lives and for sustainable development. Major progress has been made towards increasing access to education at all levels and increasing enrolment rates in schools, particularly for women and girls. The world has achieved equality in primary education between girls and boys. However, few countries have achieved that target at all levels of education. Moreover, 57 million children still remain out of school. Bolder efforts are needed to achieve universal education goals. In September 2015, at an historic UN Summit, world leaders adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals intended to mobilize efforts to end all forms of poverty, fight inequalities and tackle climate change. Goal 4 is aimed at ensuring inclusive and quality education for all and promoting lifelong learning. The targets for Goal 4 include eliminating gender disparities in education by 2030.
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