Half the world’s children will have little or no schooling by 2030, former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has warned.

Denying youngsters a decent education risked seeing them forced into child labour, left trapped in poverty or even lured into extremism, he said.

Mr Brown, the United Nations special envoy on education, revealed the shocking forecast as he outlined the “ticking time-bomb of discontent unless kids across the globe get proper schooling.

Speaking at the UN in New York, he called for a $30billion (£23billion) plan to boost children’s chances.

Without the major cash injection, the goal of ensuring every youngster receives a full primary and secondary education by 2030 will flop, he feared.

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