Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard is the new chairwoman of the Global Partnership for Education, an international education campaign which works to improve education in some of the world’s poorest countries.
“No higher priority”
Gillard said her role will combine her longstanding interests in fair opportunity and education. She promised to bring “Australian bluntness” to her new task and said that the world community needed to provide an education for all children.
“There can be no higher priority than international education,” she added.
World’s poorest and most fragile countries
The former prime minister’s role is to lead the GPE, a coalition of governments, aid organizations, and private sector which work with 60 developing countries. The international organization deals with the lack of basic education in the world’s poorest and most fragile countries.
A report from UNESCO last month shows that millions of primary-age children around the world never get a single day in school and that it would take more than 70 years before all children have access to primary school.