PAPUA New Guinea yesterday joined millions around the world to make a call to leaders to honour their promises on promoting education.
Every year, during the Global Action Week (GAW), millions of people worldwide make specific demands to their leaders.
“This year will be an especially special year because of the ‘1Goal: Education for all’ campaign.
“This is a campaign launched to coincide with the FIFA World Cup,” GAW chairperson Janet Russell said.
She said the World Cup would capture the attention of billions of fans around the world and it was, for the first time, taking place in the African continent.
“Our main aim is to ensure that we have millions of people calling for the fulfilment of education goals.
“We call on leaders of developing countries, including PNG, to invest in the future, to spend 20% on education,” Ms Russell said.
Deputy city manager Honk Kiap said the official launch of the Global Action Week: Education for all signified a milestone in the lives of students.
He said education was not the responsibility of the Government alone but that of everyone, especially parents.
“The Government must also realise that education is a right for students to acquire,” he said.
Community Development Minister Dame Carol Kidu, in launching the event, also said education was everyone’s responsibility.