A Sunderland teenager has flown to Washington DC to call for global leaders to tackle poverty by ensuring more girls stay in school.
17-year-old David Crone is a youth representative for children's charity Plan UK, as well as the UN's Global Education First Initiative.
"Many young people in the UK are not aware how lucky they are to have the opportunity to complete their education.
"Sixty-six million girls in the world are not in school, held back by family poverty, discrimination and abuses like forced marriage.
"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."
David has travelled to the US capital for the Learning For All summit from April 16-19, co-hosted by Britain's former prime minister Gordon Brown, who is now the UN's special envoy for education, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and president of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim.
"We have fewer than 1,000 days until the current global plans to reduce poverty, the Millennium Development Goals, expire.
"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."
The event brings together the heads of UN agencies, as well as representatives from key nations.
Nearly half of the children who are out of school around the world live in eight countries:
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- South Sudan
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