A YOUNG campaigner from Sunderland has taken to the stage with former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
David Crone, a member of the children’s charity Plan UK’s Youth Advisory Panel, joined the world leaders as part of his ongoing campaign to ensure every child in the world has a place at school.
David, 18, was at the Education Countdown Summit to launch a new “youth advocacy toolkit”, designed to help other young people around the world call for education in the same way that he has.
Speaking from Washington DC, David said: “Education is without a doubt the most effective solution to poverty. Governments promised to put every child in school by 2015, and yet 57million remain uneducated – many of whom are girls.
“With Gordon Brown’s leadership, this event helped us to explore ways of making sure this promise is not broken.
“It’s very important that young people are involved in conversations and in putting pressure on their governments to invest in education. They are the citizens of tomorrow, and will live in the future that we create today. They bring so much passion and expertise to these events, and, with their powerful stories, remind everybody exactly why we do this campaigning.”
Maggie Thomas, Plan UK’s youth engagement officer, said: “David has shown great commitment over the past few years and is someone we are all very proud of.
“At Plan we believe that the voice of young people should be at the heart of our work, and David embodies that. The fact that his passion and drive has taken him as far as sharing a platform with a former Prime Minister and the Secretary-General of the UN is a real credit to him.”