120 million children don't get an education, Duchess of York says
The Duchess of York says that 121 million children around the world are not lucky enough to benefit from an education.
Sarah Ferguson, who was previously married to the Duke of York, Andrew, now works with runs a charity to help children around the world improve their life prospects. Since launching it has given more than 200,000 children access to education, guaranteeing them a sustainable place in a classroom.
StreetChild, which was set up in 2008, helps the world's children benefit from an education - it is currently aiming to raise £2million through public donations to continue its work.
She explained: “It changes children’s lives. So when they came to me and said do you want to merge… I said give me five seconds.
I went to Nepal in July and spent 30 hours in a car, I think they did it deliberately to see if I was going to manage. I met Ruby, and I said to this little girl [who was 10] ‘what do you want to do in life?’ and she said ‘I want to be a teacher’, and she said ‘but I need to learn and I need a school’...and I asked what will happen if you don’t, and she said ‘in two years I’ll have to marry to survive’... so StreetChild campaign starts today. £7.50, matched by the government [who are doubling every pound] can educate Ruby for one year at school.”