The World Bank and UN met with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai to raise the focus of education in their new millennium goals.
Malala, who in 2012 survived a severe gunshot in the head for her support of girls’ schools in Pakistan, met with World Bank President Jim Yong Kim to discuss the Sustainable Development Goals, one that included education.
She discussed the importance of speaking out for girls who have been deprived of a secondary education and suggested that the Sustainable Development Goals include a commitment to fund a 12-year quality and free education for all children, especially girls.
The proposal for Sustainable Development Goals will be put forth and discussed in depth in the month of September. The proposition aims to target countries to achieve the goal over the next 15 years. The Millennium Development Goals of 2000 will be replaced for the first 15 years of the century.
A meeting is scheduled in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in mid-July to find ways to finance the new targets.
Meanwhile, the International Labour Organization has also been working towards three specific laws which include implementation of free, compulsory and quality education for all children at least to the minimum age for admission to employment.