Pakistan prime minister backs international effort for safe schools


Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has agreed to support an initiative aimed at helping deliver Safe Schools in his country.

The proposal, first put forward by United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown, follows December’s massacre of 132 young students at their college in Peshawar. More than one million people added their names to the  #UpForSchool Petition, which calls on world leaders to deliver education for all without fear of danger or discrimination, in the wake of the Peshawar attack.

Prime Minister Sharif and former British Prime Minister Mr Brown spoke at length last week and both agreed that every effort should be made to keep schools safe and open for girls and boys and to not interrupt their education. Businesses, foundations and aid agencies are being asked to support the Safe Schools efforts in Pakistan.

A spokesman for Prime Minister Sharif said: “While appreciating the continuing commitment of  Gordon Brown to the cause of education and universal enrolment across the world,  PM Sharif reiterated his personal commitment and resolve to work with him in addressing a challenging situation for school education and security of school-going children in Pakistan.”

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