Gordon Brown: Help us put 61 million children in school

In this blog post, former UK Prime Minister and newly appointed UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown explains how activists can help provide every child in the world with a decent education through a new UN initiative, Education First.

Education, we all know, is the foundation of a better life –- not just for the individual concerned, but for whole communities, whole societies, whole economies. Yet 61 million children around the world do not go to primary school. That’s 61 million young people denied their chance to learn, grow and prosper. And denied their right to hope.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has asked me to become his Special Envoy for Global Education. In this role I will be rallying support from governments, businesses, NGOs, foundations, schools – but I also want support from you.

Together, our collective voice can put education where it needs to be: at the top of the global agenda. Will you sign up now to join our campaign?

There is hope for the 61 million children out of school. There is hope because this is not a complex problem to solve – we know how to build schools, how to train teachers. We just need the force of our will to make it happen.

Watch our video to find out why I believe there is reason to be hopeful. Add your voice to our campaign now -– visit www.educationenvoy.org and sign up.