Youssou Ndour, African Superstar will collaborate with the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to champion the importance of a quality education for all children.
Youssou Ndour said, “I am excited to join forces with the Global Partnership for Education to promote the right to education for all children throughout Africa. My hope is that I can use my voice to help drive political leaders to address the learning crisis and to reform and properly finance education systems across the continent. Our children are Africa’s future. We must give them hope and the opportunity of a quality education.”
The global learning crisis is most acute in sub-Saharan where approximately 100 million children are not attending school and millions more are in the classroom but are not learning. World Bank data released this month shows 87% of children in Africa will not be able to read by age 10.
Chief Executive Officer, Global Partnership for Education, Alice Albright said, “We are delighted to welcome Youssou Ndour to the GPE family. We are thrilled that such a prominent figure, known internationally as one of Africa’s musical superstars, is willing to share his time and talents to bring more attention to the transformative power of education.”
Vice-chair of the GPE Board of Directors and Minister for Water and Sanitation of Senegal, Serigne Mbaye Thiam said, “I am proud that Senegal once again shows leadership on the global development agenda by putting education first, and that we can share our ‘national treasure’ in support of this great cause.”
About the Global Partnership for Education
The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) supports close to 70 developing countries to ensure that every child receives a quality basic education, prioritizing the poorest, the most vulnerable and those living in countries affected by fragility or conflict. GPE mobilizes financing for education and supports developing countries to build effective education systems founded on evidence-based planning and policies.