“A quarter of a billion children and young people are out of school. Another 330 million are not learning because we fail to invest in them even when they are in school.”
So says a report released Sunday by a blue-ribbon commission that includes the singer Shakira, Alibaba founder Jack Ma, and former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
Many children in developing countries aren’t getting a fair shot at launching their lives, said the commission, which was convened by the presidents of Chile, Indonesia, and Malawi and the prime minister of Norway. Among its commissioners are former Mexican President Felipe Calderón and former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard; Harvard economist Lawrence Summers and former Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt were among its directors.