China’s First Lady, Peng Liyuan, delivered a speech yesterday at the UN, entirely in English, calling for more education in poverty stricken areas.
Speaking at the Global Education First Initiative event hosted at the UN’s New York Headquarters, Peng said that her father was an inspiration to her by helping teach children to read. She followed his steps and became a professor of music.
Calling for more educational resources in poverty-stricken areas, she said education is about equality. “Young people need good education because it is not only about giving them knowledge and skills but also helping them become responsible citizens,” Peng said.
Last year, Peng was named UNESCO Special Envoy for the Advancement of Girls’ and Women’s Education in recognition “of her commitment to empowering girls and women through quality education, her outstanding contribution to fighting inequalities in education… and her dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization.”
Peng’s speech comes ahead of the last item on Xi Jinping’s busy itinerary, where the Chinese President is set to address the United Nations General Assembly.
Xi already impressed an audience in Seattle with his knowledge of popular American culture, stating that his corruption crackdown “is no House of Cards.”
Watch Peng’s speech in full below:
Chinese First Lady Peng Liyuan, UNESCO's Special Envoy for the Advancement of Girls' and Women's Education, delivers a speech in English at the Global Education First Initiative event at the United Nations in New York on Sept 26, 2015. #XiUSAVisit #XiJinping
Posted by Xi's US Visit on Saturday, 26 September 2015
By Dominic Jackson