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Michelle Obama urges leaders to show courage in fight for education

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The U.S. first lady Michelle Obama urged international leaders to show the courage and commitment of girls who make sacrifices to go to school - like the abducted Nigerian schoolgirls - to provide children around the world the quality education they deserve.

Michelle Obama gave the keynote speech at an event dedicated to fighting a global learning crisis and held on the sidelines of the United Nations´ General Assembly.

Universal education for every child in the world is one of several millennium development goals the United Nations has committed to achieving by next year – but which is expected to slip away.

The latest data shows that 250 million of the 650 million primary school-age children worldwide cannot read, write or do basic mathematics, according to UNESCO, the world body´s educational, scientific and cultural organisation.

The first lady recalled Pakistan´s Malala Yousafzai, who became a global celebrity after surviving being shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls´ education, and the more than 200 Nigerian schoolgirls kidnapped by Boko Haram Islamist militants.

Source: Reuters

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