Can anyone tell me what this blackboard says? If you don’t know, can you perhaps guess what language it is? Do the signs mean anything to you?
In the world today, almost 60 million school-age girls and boys still do not attend school. Of these, half are in Africa and the vast majority are girls.
How can such a thing happen in this day and age?
#UpForSchool is an initiative that calls on world leaders to keep their promise to get every girl and boy in the world into school. This means overcoming barriers like child labour, child marriage, discrimination and conflict.
___I’m asking each of you on this platform to help.
If you’re reading this, then you’ve enjoyed the right, opportunity and freedom to learn how to read, and also to acquire the writing skills to share your own words, including on this social media platform.
To show your support for schooling for ALL the world’s children, please go to upforschool.org and sign this petition today. This is what it says:
We, the world’s youth, teachers, parents and global citizens appeal to our governments to keep their promise, made at the United Nations in 2000, to ensure all out-of-school children gain their right to education before the end of 2015. We are standing up to bring an end to the barriers preventing girls and boys from going to school, including forced work and early marriage, conflict and attacks on schools, exploitation and discrimination. All children deserve the opportunity to learn and achieve their potential. We are #UpForSchool.”
This #UpForSchool petition will be handed in to world leaders at the United Nations General Assembly on 28 September. Right now they have about 9 million signatures from more than 185 countries. Individuals, schools, faith groups and communities have been asking for support from people all around the world.
___Together let’s help them add 1 million signatures! Share this with all your friends who can already read and write and ask them to sign, too.
I’ve shared with you before how Econet and the Higher Life Foundation Foundation support over 42,000 orphans at any given time to help them have access to schooling.
This is one way you, too, can do your part to help build a more peaceful and prosperous future for all. Childhood education should not be a privilege, but a birthright for everyone.
By the way, the text above includes Sumerian signs, the oldest written script on earth, some 5000 years ago! I’m afraid I don’t know what it says either, because no one has yet taught me. I’m going to try to find out and when I do, I will let you know.
Strive Masiyiwa is the Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet, a diversified global telecommunications group with operations and investments in over 15 countries. His business interests also include renewable energy, financial services, media and hospitality. Masiyiwa serves on a number of international boards, including Unilever, Rockefeller Foundation, the Council on Foreign Relations’ Global Advisory Board, the Africa Progress Panel, the UN Secretary General's Advisory Board for Sustainable Energy, Morehouse College, Hilton Foundation's Humanitarian Prize Jury and the Kenjin-Tatsujin International Advisory Council. He is one of the founders, with Sir Richard Branson, of the global think tank, the Carbon War Room, and a founding member of the Global Business Coalition on Education. Masiyiwa took over the Chairmanship of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) from Kofi Annan. He is also Chair of the Micronutrient Initiative, a global organization focused on ending child hunger and improving nutrition. In 2012, Masiyiwa was invited by President Obama to address leaders at the Camp David G-8 Summit on how to increase food production and end hunger in parts of Africa. In 2014, Masiyiwa was selected to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders”. As a philanthropist, he is a member of the Giving Pledge, and his contributions to education, health and development have been widely recognized. Masiyiwa and his wife finance the Higher Life Foundation, which provides scholarships to over 42,000 African orphans. In 2015, he was the recipient of the International Rescue Committee’s Freedom Award and was presented with a UN Foundation Global Leadership Award for the work of the Africa Against Ebola Solidarity Trust, which he chairs and helped establish to fund the deployment of African healthcare workers to combat the outbreak in West Africa.View all posts by Strive Masiyiwa