Press Release

AFT Joins Call for Education for All Children Around the World

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

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Tom Lansworth
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AFT's Lawrence: 'If we can't convince our leaders that basic education is essential for all children, we will be accepting a world in poverty, a world in conflict and a world divided.'

WASHINGTON—This week, the American Federation of Teachers is joining with Education International and its affiliates worldwide to participate in Global Action Week. The theme of this year's efforts, led by the Global Campaign for Education, is "Every Child Needs a Teacher." The AFT's Action Week advocacy has been especially focused on making education a reality for all girls and young women around the world. AFT Executive Vice President Francine Lawrence released the following statement on educating all children.

"During this Global Campaign for Education Action Week, AFT members are joining with teachers, parents and community organizations around the globe to speak out for the more than 60 million young people who do not have access to a basic education. They represent 10 percent of all the children in the world.

"We are raising our voices to tell the United Nations, the World Bank and our own government that we can no longer accept this. Because if we can't convince our leaders that basic education is essential for all children, we will be accepting a world in poverty, a world in conflict and a world divided.

"Last fall, people everywhere were shocked when the Taliban tried to kill a young girl on her way to school on a bus in Pakistan. Later we learned that Malala Yousafzai and others had been organizing an effort for girls' education in Pakistan. The AFT stands with Malala in her courageous call for access to school for girls. When we educate all girls and women, we will change the world."

  • Visit our web page for more on AFT's support of girls' education.

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The AFT represents 1.6 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.