Education for every child

Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai addressed the United Nations as part of her campaign to ensure free compulsory education for every child.

I’ve just listened to Malala’s inspiring speech where she calls on the United Nations as well as every citizen of the world to take up the battle against poverty and ignorance and help to ensure that every child has an education. I love the way she calls us “brothers and sisters”, for so we are. We are all part of this big, global family.

She says that ignorance breeds fear and resistance to change. But she also points out that the extremist forces who tried to kill her and her school friends want to maintain the subjugated position of women in their society in order to reinforce their own position and for their own ends.

her speech is a rallying cry to the women of the world to stand up for their rights and those of their children and to the men of the world to stand by them in support. She pleads for peace in the world so that children can live in a world which nurtures and supports their educational ambitions.

So much change is needed for her desires to be fulfilled. Can the world reach out to every child? What am I doing to help, and what are you doing to help? We can’t all be there to help and teach, so what can we do? We can support recognised and reputable charities that work for the education of children in poor, unstable countries. One of these is the Early Education for Every Child Foundation.

What other charities do you know of or support? Send us the link and tell us why you support them.