At the A World at School Education Countdown Summit in Washington DC, business leaders joined political leaders, the media, civil society, faith groups and youth to tackle key barriers to access for quality education and support the final push to the end of 2015.
The Emergency Coalition for Global Education Action – which includes Dangote Group President Aliko Dangote and Econet Wireless Founder and Chairman Strive Masiyiwa – was announced at the 2015 Education Countdown Summit to pressure the international community to take action on behalf of children across the world.
The coalition was convened by United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown, who said the education crisis was “unacceptable from a moral, economic and global security perspective”.
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon also addressed the Countdown Summit, which was held in collaboration with A World at School.
Ban Ki-moon said: “‘Today we launch the Emergency Coalition for Global Education Action – a group of prominent youth leaders and many others from around the world who are coming together to work even harder to accelerate progress until the end of 2015 to ensure all girls and boys are in school.
Discovery Communications – parent company of Discovery Channel, TLC, & Animal Planet and the non-profit Discovery Learning Alliance – were announced as media partners in the 500-Day Countdown Campaign.
Tamela Noboa, Managing Director at the Discovery Learning Alliance, shared the importance of media in uniting the education community around a common message and providing learning opportunities for the most vulnerable children.
The Dangote Foundation was announced as a partner in the campaign alongside other partners, including Dubai Cares.
More than 75 companies have now signed up to support education through the Global Business Coalition for Education.