A WORD FROM QUEEN RANIA
A remarkable thing has happened. In the last nine years, the number of out of school children has dropped by nearly a third, while for girls that number has plummeted by two thirds.
The United Nations Girls’ Education Initiative (UNGEI) is one of the unsung heroes in this astonishing story. UNGEI is proof that mountains can be moved. Their open embrace of partnerships around the world, from the largest government to the smallest NGO, has shown how we can overcome one of the toughest challenges in the world.
That is why I am honored to be named the Honorary Global Chair of UNGEI. They are in the halls of power, promoting and protecting the rights of every girl to receive an education. Yet they are also in the field, spreading innovative ideas, channeling resources, and supporting local initiatives.
That includes projects like the Girls’ Education Network in Nepal, which has boosted enrolment and set the country on a path to achieve universal primary education by 2015 – the second Millennium Development Goal.
In Uganda, where conflict has prevented students from going to school, UNGEI is reaching out to over a million children and thousands of teachers to get the country’s education system back on track.
And, I’ve seen the confidence and potential unleashed by the Girls’ and Boys’ Education Movement – a network of young people in Africa who dedicate themselves to improving and expanding education for everyone.
Today, this story is still unfinished. 75 million children – over half of them girls – are still losing out on an education, and so losing out on life.
That’s why we must support UNGEI and renew our commitment to the world’s children, especially girls. That’s why government leaders must recognize girls’ education as a top priority and create the legal framework to treat them fairly.
And, that’s why I’m speaking out: so their story does not go untold. http://www.queenrania.jo/default.aspx