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In an extra-ordinary presentation at the United Nations in New York Wednesday , 27 year old Sierra Leonean born , Chernor Bah ‘Cee Bah’ (in photo) has vowed to hold the United Nations and other world leaders accountable should they fail to deliver quality education to young people of the 21st century .
Addressing the world leaders including South Africa’s President, Jacob Zuma, Ahmed Karzai of Afghanistan, former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, Burmese opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate, Aung San Suu Kyi and the UN Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon at the launching of the latter’s Global Initiative on Education, Ceebah who was recently appointed to serve in its steering committee on behalf of the young people of the world said, “ thousands of my friends, younger siblings, and millions more around the world – a whopping 61 million are out of school. That is not right.”
Presenting a one million man signed petition from the youth the world over including what he describes as four basic and very attainable demands, he said, “the days of unfilled commitments that are not followed through are over.”
Cee Bah who is also Youth Advisor for Nike said this was about their lives and their future and that according to their calls of action, they want universal access to consistent, inclusive and quality education as a guaranteed basic human right.
For him, “In the 21st century, it is an outrage that this is still not the case.”
In their quest to prepare also for the job market, the youth representative said they want education that will equip them with the relevant skills to earn a living and help build their countries and a better world. Further, he said, “young people also want education to prepare us as global citizens; promoting tolerance, non-violence and our comprehensive development as well rounded human beings.”
He also committed a very strong commitment and partnership to the UN Scribe’s Global Initiative stating, “We got your back.”
In his response, the UN Scribe said Chernor’s story brought back memories from his own past. He thanked him for a very inspiring speech and passionate call to action. He also called on the youth not to give up on hope and that they will be supported.
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