Standing #UpForSchool

Standing #UpForSchool

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.

Author:Strive Masiyiwa

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.

10 Replies to “Standing #UpForSchool”

  1. Please sign this petition. Go now to upforschool.org and sign.

    The Petition: “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.”

    Signing will take you only a few minutes.

  2. The most important thing we can all do this week is to sign this petition. Please take a few minutes and go to the site, and follow the directions to sign the petition.
    This is one time when your signature really matters.
    God bless you.

  3. My next posts will be a 10 part series on some of my personal experiences in dealing with corruption.
    It is going to be quite controversial.
    I hope it will show you that you can prosper without stooping to corrupt practices. As you will see from my examples sometimes taking a stand against corruption can result in loss of business opportunities, and even intense persecution. Nevertheless you will come out on top.

  4. Marco writes:

    I have signed the petition for this great cause and every single child in the world today has the right to an education.

    My reply:
    Thank you Marco. Let’s all sign. We have more than 5m readers of this platform every week. This means we can deliver the remaining 1m signatures.

  5. Laurence writes:

    I just signed my first online petition…thank you Dr Strive for this worthy cause

    My reply:
    Well done my brother. Well done!
    As you have seen it is really so simple.
    Now find 5 other friends and let’s get them to also sign.
    Of the 60m children who are not in school, 50% are from Africa.

  6. Dear Mr. Masiyiwa,

    Firstly thank you for all your efforts towards the development and promotion of Education on the African continent.

    Out of interest I came across the wonderful eco school initiative. I have been playing with some ideas on my own on how to present educational materials online in an “organic manner” and make it fun in the process, I think what I have can make valuable contributions in improving the presentation, functionality and life span of the eco school initiative. The ideas are centered around the current global trends in information sharing and dissemination. They seek to increase relevance, acceptability and build strong uptake and outreach, which in turn I think will guarantee the resource into more than just a link repository.

    1. What is the process of engaging with your team on this?
    (I tried the eco school feedback form)
    2. Who do I need to talk to

    Thank you.

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