Malawi President Mutharika tells world leaders: Invest in education or perish

Malawian President Peter Mutharika has called upon world leaders to invest in education or else the world will always be moving in cycles of poverty.

President Mutharika with UN chief Ban Ki Moon in New York

President Mutharika with UN chief Ban Ki Moon in New York

Mutharika and other  co-Convers

Mutharika and other co-Convers

President Mutharika meets Africa's richest man Aliko Dangote of Nigeria

President Mutharika meets Africa’s richest man Aliko Dangote of Nigeria

Mutharika made the remarks in New York on Sunday when he and other four co- Conveyors of the Global the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity received a report on investing in education for a changing world titled ‘‘ The Learning Generation’’.

The Malawi leader said although financing education is becoming a serious challenge worldwide, with concerted efforts the goal of education for all can be achieved.

‘‘Together, our collective will cannot fail our collective responsibility. And, financing education is a collective responsibility for all’’, said Mutharika.

Mutharika further added that governments throughout the world  face urgent priorities but that  should not compel them to compromise on education.

‘‘Unless we prioritize investing in education, our developing world will always move in a vicious cycle of poverty. And the vicious cycle of poverty can only be broken by having inclusive and quality education for all,” he said.

The report of the commissioners of the Global International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity has among others called upon world leaders to come up with proven building blocks of delivery to strengthen the performance of the education system; develop new and creative approaches to achieving results, capitalizing on opportunities for innovation in who delivers education, where and how.

The report has since been forwarded to the United Nations. United Nations Secretary-General Ba Ki Moon attended the report handover ceremony.

The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity was set up in 2015 to reinvigorate the case for investing in education and chart a pathway for increased investment in order to develop the potential of all of the world’s young people.

The body has five co-Convers globally namely; President Michele Bachelet of Chile, Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, President Joko Widodo of Indonesia and Unesco Director- General Irina Bokova and President Peter Mutharika of Malawi.

Below the co-Conveners, the organization has six commissioners which includes Africa’s richest entrepreneur Aliko Dangote of Nigeria; Former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Gordon Brown and Former President of the European Union Jose Mauel Barroso.

President Peter Mutharika is in New York to attend the 71st United Nations General Assembly.

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11 thoughts on “Malawi President Mutharika tells world leaders: Invest in education or perish”

  1. Dee Walker says:

    “Invest in education which I have destroyed”, say Mutharika, “for I am a champion of blue painted youth” Puppet said

  2. Bongololo says:

    “Invest in education…” says the guy who’s investing in chartered jets and other nick-nacks the country could least afford.

  3. chilungamo chimawawa says:

    kkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk this guy is nothing but a cartoon, a joker. People of Malawi have already given him 6% marks on education. So what is he talking here. Senseless points!

  4. Waphuma says:

    Hypocrisy at its best. When your government is failing to sufficiently fund the tertiary education. Vuto lokulemberani ma speech ndilimelo….

  5. Blesses Banda says:

    This man always day dreaming. He is doing exactly the opposite in his country.

  6. Ray says:

    This is hypocrisy of the highest order! I thought there is a saying; “Charity begins at home?” With the poor financing in education in Malawi, pupils still learning under trees at 52years of independence, the hike in university fees making university education a preserve of “the haves”, am surprised how we found ourselves on this panel!! It beats me!!

  7. HE the Life President Mfuti Kasinja? says:

    Well done Mr President.

  8. Bob says:

    This is a big joke considering the way education is being handled in this country.

  9. dagobert says:

    Walk the talk Mr President! As a head of government, which allocates more to the OPC than the Ministry of Education …., poor leadership = poor education = poor country !
    Sad calculation Professor Peter!

  10. Youna says:

    Investing by increasing UNIMA fees.

  11. peter says:

    I wish our president would truly believe in what he is preaching to others about prioritising education. Otherwise his indecisiveness with regards to educational funding leaves a lot to be desired.

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