Archbishop Desmond Tutu proud to join emergency education coalition

Archbishop Desmond Tutu has told how “pleased and proud” he is to join a group of global leaders, celebrities and campaigners in the struggle to get 57 million children into school and learning.

The South African anti-apartheid campaigner and Nobel Peace Prize winner was named on April 10 as a member of the Emergency Coalition for Global Education Action.

The coalition was unveiled at the 2015 Countdown Summit in Washington, DC, by United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. It also includes singer-songwriter Shakira, film stars Jude Law and Goldie Hawn, Avaaz President Ricken Patel and Global Partnership for Education CEO Alice Albright.

Archbishop Tutu made the video above to announce his inclusion in the coalition and to reveal the shocking statistics about children in sub-Saharan Africa who do not have school desks.

He made a personal plea for help with his initiative the Tutudesk campaign, which aims to provide 20 million desks for children by the year 2020.