Gordon Brown, a United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education has renewed calls for the release of the over 234 female students that were kidnapped on April 14 from GGSS, Chibok Borno State, by Boko Haram sect members.
Brown, who made the call on Monday in massage to commemorate the Day of the African Child at the UN in New York, urged the world to remember the abducted schoolgirls during the celebration, and commended youths around the world for demanding education for all.
Speaking at the event tagged: "A child friendly, quality, free and compulsory education for all children in Africa" Brown said: “Thousands of people have come together united with one cause: Safe schools for every girl and boy. While the global community has failed to deliver safe schooling, young people are demanding safe, quality schools for all children everywhere, and they are standing in solidarity with the northern Nigerian girls of Chibok, and all those around the world who face these struggles”.
Meanwhile, the United Nations again stressed the need for a combined effort in fighting terrorism in North-East, and also reiterated its support for ongoing efforts by the Nigerian government to secure the schoolgirls’ safe release.
The Day of the African Child celebration is slated for June 16 of every year in honour of the school children that were massacred in 1976 during a demonstration in Soweto, South Africa. The children were demanding to be taught in their own language as well as a change in the poor education that was being offered by the apartheid regime.
The African Union (AU) chooses the Day in 1991, and urged that events should to be organised around the world to promote children’s rights. An assembly of young people converged at Union’s headquarter Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, yesterday to deliver a call of action about education to world leaders.