U. N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon has launched a global education initiative on the sideline of the world leaders’ gathering at the U.N. General Assembly.
Ban said that the program Education First is aimed at improving and expanding education worldwide.
The U.N. chief says the new initiative was born out of his experience of seeing the power of education while growing up.
“Education is hope and dignity,” said Ban. “Education is growth and empowerment. Education is a basic building block of every society and the pathway out of poverty.”
Nobel Peace Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown assisted in the launch of Education First.
Ban appointed Brown as the first special envoy on global education.