Children to ‘Takeover’ African Union in Name of Education

Plan is supporting the youth "takeover" of the African Union on the Day of the African Child

Ayaa from Egypt will be attending
the African Union takeover
on the Day of the African Child.

As part of the Day of the African Child June 16, youth leaders from 10 different countries will travel to the African Union in Ethiopia to advocate for education.

The leaders, all Plan International youth delegates, will come from Kenya, Liberia, Egypt, Burkina Faso, Malawi, Ethiopia, Sierra Leone, Norway, Germany, and Denmark. The “takeover” will be co-led by A World at School and the Global Youth Movement for Education, which emerged out of the U.N. Youth Takeover on Malala Day last July.

The youth takeover June 16 will kick off 10 Days to Invest in Girls’ Education. Ten days later, on June 26 in Belgium, all governments will be asked to pledge their commitment to education.

Currently in Africa, only six percent of gross domestic product gets spent on education.

The issue was only highlighted by the recent abduction of schoolgirls in Nigeria.

“Governments are not doing all they can to provide a safe and quality education for all children,” said Emily Laurie, Global Advocacy Manager for Plan’s Because I am a Girl campaign. “The recent abduction of school girls in Nigeria is a tragic reminder of how children are stripped of their right to an education every day. This is not an isolated incident; there are currently 65 million girls who are out of primary and secondary school. This is not acceptable; we need more investment in education, now.”