CONFLICTS A BIG FACTOR AS EFFORTS TO GET ALL CHILDREN INTO SCHOOL STALL
The number of children and adolescents who were not at school fell steadily from the year 2000 to 2007. Since then, there has been little progress. There are 61 million children of primary school age and 60 million of lower secondary school age not in education, according to new data from UNESCO. More than a third of the out-of-school primary-age children live in countries affected by armed conflict.
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Education changes everything
Education is the key that can unlock the potential of every child and transform lives. It improves health, promotes equality and helps to end discrimination. But 124 million children and youth still don’t go to school - and hundreds of millions more are not learning. The world owes it to them to keep the promise of education for all. There are many obstacles, including child marriage, child labour, conflicts, lack of teachers and inadequate funding.
Some key actions need to be taken to get every child into school and learning.
The global movement
Celebrities who back the cause
Many famous faces have supported A World at School's #UpForSchool campaign. Some of them shared their old school photos for #Throwback Thursday.
South African campaigner
The Nobel Peace Prize winner and anti-apartheid activist signed the petition in Cape Town.
Canadian pop star
Justin said "Sign with me" and shared the message with his millions of fans on Facebook.
The author, humanitarian and entrepreneur is our #UpForSchool ambassador in the Philippines.
Singing legend Rod and wife Penny Lancaster added their names at an event in Los Angeles.
The Sex and The City star tweeted: "4 years of school days. #UpForSchool Every girl should have an education."
This little girl grew up to be the global pop star, songwriter, producer and education campaigner.
Heidi posted this old school picture to promote girls' education and the #UpForSchool Petition.
Indian film star
The Bollywood actress and singer is an advocate for girls' education and women's rights.
The classical music star attended A World at School's September Forum in New York in 2014.
The TV star, fashion designer and singer had this photo posted by her mum, reality show judge Sharon Osbourne.
British TV star
The Downton Abbey actress put this photo on Instagram to stand #UpForSchool.
The entertainer started a foundation which uses performing arts to help youth become positive community members.
Christy Turlington Burns
Instagram photo of the founder of a charity dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother.
The pop star wrote on Facebook: "Picture of me as a school girl to show solidarity with the 31 million girls."
The TV presenter and cultural commentator shared this picture for the 31 million girls out of school.
Former UN chief
The Secretary-General of the United Nations for 10 years tweeted this pictre of himself at school.
British TV presenter
The ambassador for the Street Child World Cup was at our #UpForSchool youth rally in London in November 2014.
British reality TV star
This school photo shows the star of the television series Only Way is Essex, who is also a fashion designer.
This Twitter picture shows the young girl who went on to appear in all of the Harry Potter films.
Sesame Street star
This is Abby's first day at school on the American educational children's TV show.
British TV star
The Call The Midwife actor wrote: "TBT My old school photo (hot) to support IWD and #UpForSchool."
Australian ex-prime minister
Julia, now heading the Global Partnership for Education, shared this picture of herself at school.
British author & columnist
She shared this picture of her first day at school "to empower the next generation of women".
Huffington Post founder
The writer and editor-in-chief of the renowned website shared this old school photo on International Women's Day.
British pop star
The singer, songwriter and actress marked International Women's Day by sharing this old school photo.
British TV star
The Downton Abbey actress shared this picture on Instagram to show solidarity with the 31 millions girls out of schol.
UN education envoy
The former British prime minister is the United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education.
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