Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown has said he will use his position of United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education to mobilize resources to support various aspects of education in Malawi.
Speaking after meeting with Malawi President Peter Mutharika in New York, United States of America (USA) Tuesday, Brown said Malawi was already on the right path where it needs to be supported.
“We have set ourselves a lot of targets for next year and we should be able to find the resources to realize these targets,” said Brown.
He said he was pleased with efforts that are being made in Malawi to expand access to education by the girl-child and bring those that dropped out back to school.
“What we need to do is to make sure that better facilities are provided especially in schools that educate girls so that we are able to retain them in there,” he said.
President Mutharika said that during the meeting with Brown representatives of various international organizations and multi-lateral institutions pledged their support to different aspects of Malawi’s development agenda.
“But they are particularly interested in assisting Malawi achieve universal education,” he said.
Mutharika disclosed that his government will collaborate with Brown and the development partners to get more girls into schools.
“I am informed that last year we were able to increase the number of girls into our schools by 62 percent and this year we are looking forward to increasing the numbers to about 82 percent. This means we are doing a good job,” he said.
As Special Envoy, Brown devotes himself to working closely with all key partners to help galvanize support for the Secretary-General’s Global Initiative on Education (Education First), which aims to achieve quality, relevant, and inclusive education for every child.
He focuses on countries with the highest burden of children out of school, recognizing that nearly half of out of school children are in countries affected by conflict.
Brown helps bring about change, mobilize resources and generate additional and sufficient funding.— Brian Kalanda is reporting for Nyasa Times from the UN, in New York, United StatesFollow and Subscribe Nyasa TV :