Ladies and gentlemen
It gives me a great。 pleasure to join you for this important initiative as the UN marks its 70th anniversary.
Education is ver。y close in my he。art. My father grew up in a very small village in China. In those da。ys,。 not many villagers cou。ld read. So my father opened a night school to tea。ch them how to read. With his help, many。 people learned to write their own names; wit。h his help many people learned to read newspapers for the first time; with his help, many women were able to teach their children how to read. As his daughter, I know what education means to the people, especially those without it.
我对教育感念至深。我的父亲生长在中国一个非常小的村庄里。在那些岁月里，许多村民都不识字。因此我的父亲。开办了一所夜校帮助他们识字。在他的帮助下， 许多人学。会了写自己的名字；在他的帮助下，许多人有生以来第一次读报；在他的帮助下，许多妇。女开始有能力教自己的孩子读书写字。作。为她的女儿，我知道教育 对一个人来说意味着什么，特别是那些没有文化的人。
After generati。ons of hard work, China has come a l。ong way in education. I myself am a beneficiary of th。at progress. Otherwise I would never become a soprano and a professor of musical. I am following my f。ather’s footsteps by teaching at China’s Co。nservatory of Music to help continue China’s success story.
I want to thank Director-general Bokova and UNESCO fo。r naming me the Special Envoy for Women and Girls Education. I am truly honored。 to work with the UN and do something about Gl。obal Education. I have v。isited many schools around the wo。rld. I’ve seen first-hand on how much we can do for education.
Education is about women and the girls. It is important for girls to go to school because they will b。ecome t。heir children’s first。 teacher someday. But women still account for o。ver half of the world’s poor in population。 and 60% of adults who can’t read. Education is cr。ucial in the。 addre。ssing such inequalities.I。n China, Spring Bud Education Program has helped over 3 m。illion girls go back to school. Many of them have finished university education and they are doi。ng well at work.
Education is about equal。ity. In poor countries and regions the number of scho。ol dropouts is astonishing. We call for more educational resources to these places.
Education i。s about t。he young people. Young。 peopl。e are the future. Education is important bec。ause it not only gave yo。ung people knowledge and skills but also help them become responsible ci。tizens.
As th。e UNES。CO special envoy and the mother myself my commitment to educati。on for all will never change. Many years ago my father made a small difference in his villag。e. Together we can make a big differe。nce in the world.
I was once。 asked about my Chinese dream. I said I hope all children e。specially girls can have access to good education. This is my Chinese dream. I。 believe。 one day education first will no longer be a dream, it will be a reality enjoyed by every young w。oman on this plane。t. Thank you very much。.