Gordon Brown becomes education envoy for UN
Andrew Grice has been Political Editor of The Independent since 1998. He was previously Political Editor of The Sunday Times, where he worked for 10 years, and he has been a Westminster-based journalist since 1982. His column, Inside Politics, appears in The Independent each Saturday.
Saturday 14 July 2012
Gordon Brown is to become the United Nations' special envoy for education, furthering his long-standing aim to ensure that all the world's children get the chance to go to school.
The former Prime Minister, who will remain a Labour MP while taking on the unpaid post, will launch a fund aimed at financing schools and training two million teachers.
The move reflects growing fears that the world will miss the millennium development goal that by 2015 all children should be able to attend primary school. Improving education in the poorest nations has attracted less support from rich countries than health and 70 million children are missing out on schooling.
Since losing the 2010 election, the former Labour leader has met world leaders to urge them to ensure the economic slump does not mean their governments renege on their overseas aid pledges.
Mr Brown said it was a "great privilege" to be appointed to his new role, adding: "Ensuring that every child in the world has the opportunity to go to school and to learn is a long-standing passion of mine."
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