17 February 2015, Dhaka. BRAC collected over 1.2 million signatures to support the petition Up For School initiated by the global movement-A World at School campaign. There are more than 58 million children out of school in the world. The campaign aims to mobilise global population to make sure the world leaders keep their promises to secure every child's right to education by the end of 2015.
Celebrating this achievement BRAC’s founder and Chairperson Sir Fazle Hasan Abed said, “BRAC is proud to be associated with the Up For School campaign. Using our vast network of schools and adolescent development clubs across Bangladesh, we have collected over a million signatures in support of the petition. I hope the world leaders will hear the voices of our youth and ensure that education remains the priority agenda for years to come.”
The campaign also has particular focus on discrimination against girls and tackling child marriage. So far nearly 3 million signatures have been collected from across the world.
Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, said, “More than 1.2 million people across Bangladesh have come together to demand action from world leaders to get every girl and boy into school, no matter who they are or where they are born. Every signature is important as we know that big numbers of people mobilising over an issue cannot be ignored. The signatures collected by Sir Fazle Hasan Abed and the team at BRAC is a reflection of their important work supporting and empowering the most excluded and marginalised communities across Bangladesh. Sir Fazle Hasan Abed is a great leader in education and the work being done by BRAC in Bangladesh and around the world is inspiring and is changing the lives of millions of young people. These are the voices that world leaders must listen to this year and they must respond with real action.”
In September, young people came together in New York on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly to launch the creation of the world's biggest petition for education and it was supported by United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon UN special envoy Gordon Brown and International advocate Graca Machel alongside a global network or organisations coming together demanding action to get every girl and boy in to school.
For more information on the campaign please visit www.upforschool.org.