A MESSAGE FROM LEWIS HAMILTON

The events of this year have shown us that the world we live in does not yet offer equal opportunity to all. Access to quality education is a fundamental human right, and yet hundreds of millions of children worldwide aren’t able to attend school. Even those who are lucky enough to have access to education, too often find that success is linked to their race, gender or socioeconomic background.

 

In my role as an ambassador for Global Goal 4: Quality Education, I know that education is the key to unlocking a more equal future.

 

A future I truly believe in. As a hero of mine, Nelson Mandela, once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

 

At this crucial moment in history, we have a choice to make.

 

We can let the effects of this pandemic drive an even wider gap between the haves, and have-nots, or we can use it as an opportunity to reset the balance.

 

Coronavirus has shown us that dramatic change is possible in every aspect of our society. We should use that knowledge to rebuild our education systems from the ground up so that success is determined not by a child’s background, but by their intelligence, work ethic and talent.

 

I am calling on governments around the world to make education a priority. To them I say: the young people of your country are your future. They are the people who will tackle the climate crisis, rebuild our economies, protect us against future pandemics and strive for equality and justice. But they can only fulfil their true potential if you invest in them now.

 

All children deserve fair and equal access to education. Only when we have that, can we hope to create a truly inclusive society.

Lewis Hamilton

F1 World Champion, Ambassador for Global Goal 4: Quality Education

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