Historians will look back on the Arab revolutions as the first stirrings of a movement for change that will eventually transform political, economic and social rights around the globe. The current anti-Western demonstrations take protest to a new, dangerous level, but the popular mood may be far less about hostility to America and
Having visited countries in the
Discontent is rising not just because of the lack of jobs but because of the lack of opportunity. In
On current global trends, there will still be 50 million children out of school in 2025, and 50 years from now education for all will still be a distant dream. Contrary to accepted wisdom, the world is not on a smooth, irreversible upward path to universal education, and, for millions, equality of opportunity will remain a hollow promise, its absence a growing source of unrest.
I have never thought that for the poor to do well, the wealthy should do badly. I don't subscribe to the politics of envy. If there is one idea that inspires our modern world, it is that every child should have the opportunity to rise as far as their talents can take them. But if there is one reality that exposes our failure to deliver, it is that where you come from still matters much more than where you are going. In fact, 80 percent of global income inequalities can be explained by who your parents are and where you live. Yet instead of tackling the disadvantages that come from birth and background, we continue to invest just
Of course it is essential to expose and blame extremists for inciting the young, and it is vital to support those moderate leaders attempting to assuage the growing anger of the crowds, but if countries do not address fundamental inequalities in opportunity, then unrest will grow not because young people are anti-American but because they have lost hope.
Extending educational opportunity is thus an urgent moral, economic and security imperative. Fortunately, there are good grounds for believing that we can move quickly to deliver new and better chances for young people. Everywhere I go, from
This week, U.N. Secretary-General
We do not have to rely on a scientific breakthrough or a transformation in technology -- only a revolution in political willpower -- to train the 2 million more teachers and build the 4 million extra classrooms that the world needs. No parent I know would consider the
This year at the Olympics, we have seen what investment in young people and their potential can achieve. When we are also starting to understand the damage done by the absence of opportunity, can we afford to refuse the next generation its chance?
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