In the margins of the Clinton Global Initiative in New York, the Director-General received a recognition award on 24 September honouring UNESCO’s role in implementing a partnership with Procter & Gamble to improve girls’ education and literacy in Africa.
Since the signing of a first agreement in April 2011, the partnership has enabled some 5,000 young girls and women in Senegal to follow literacy classes and vocational skills training in 7 regions of the country. The project also includes training of literacy educators and a TV literacy program that is expected to reach around 30,000 girls and young women. The project is now slated for expansion in Nigeria.
Procter & Gamble thanked the Director-General and her team for “UNESCO’s relentless work to make this public-private partnership possible, and helping to educate a generation of young girls and women.”
Prior to the award, President Clinton addressed partners involved in several initiatives with Procter & Gamble related to clean water and health. He stated that the “dispersal of power” in the world today, partially driven by technology and social media, could either be used “by people who want to do something good or to drive a wedge by those for whom our differences are more important than what we have in common. (...) We are condemned to share the future he said, highlighting the need for shared responsibility, prosperity, opportunity and decision-making to improve lives and build peace.