In the 1960s, the struggle was for black civil rights. The 1970s saw the stepping up of the fight to free the world from apartheid. And in recent years, we have seen the battle for LGBT equality.

The freedom struggle of the coming decade is the battle for the rights of children – rights too often neglected or ignored. By fulfilling our promise to a deliver a quality education to the world’s young, we can be the first generation in history where every child goes to school.

Click here to read the rest of Gordon Brown’s piece on Al Jazeera.