Live at the Apollo: UN chief urges Democracy Prep grads to help shape ‘new future’

Hailing the first-ever graduating class of Democracy Prep High School, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged the young scholars to “change the world” through global citizenship, and to help the United Nations respond as “one human family” to major international challenges.

UN envoy and young Pakistani activist launch drive for safe, universal education

A 15-year-old Pakistani girl targeted by assassins – Malala Yousafzai – is the first signatory of a new worldwide petition calling for urgent action to ensure the right of every child to safely attend school, launched today with the backing of the United Nations Special Envoy for Education.

Education systems must provide basic knowledge, skills youth need to thrive – UN officials

While universal access to education is indeed crucial, ensuring that it is of high quality must also be a top priority to ensure young people have the skills needed to succeed and help their nations develop, United Nations officials said today.

Despite slight drop, number of children missing out on school remains high, UN agency reports

New figures today from the United Nations educational agency show that the number of children out of school dipped slightly last year over 2011.