A TEENAGER has flown to Washington DC to urge global leaders to tackle poverty by ensuring more girls stay in school.
Sunderland student David Crone, 17, a youth representative of children’s charity Plan UK, has gone to the United nation’s (UN) Learning For All summit.
The event is being co-hosted by UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown, and Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.
“Many young people in the UK are not aware how lucky they are to have the opportunity to complete their education,” said ex-Red House Academy pupil David.
“Sixty-six million girls in the world are not in school, held back by family poverty, discrimination and abuses like forced marriage.
He added: “Those who are in school often find a lack of resources and quality teaching relevant to their needs, and a number are subjected to sexual and physical violence on their way to and from school.
“At this event, where we will meet with civil society, country governments, donor agencies and the media, we can not only make commitments to improving the situation. We can also hold those people accountable for the promises they make.”