It gives me a great pleasure to join you for this important initiative
as the UN marks its 70th anniversary.
Education is very close in my heart. My father grew up in a very small
village in China. In those days， not many villagers could read. So my
father opened a night school to teach them how to read. With his help，
many people learned to write their own names; with 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.
After generations of hard work， China has come a long way in
education. I myself am a beneficiary of that progress. Otherwise I would
never become a soprano and a professor of musical. I am following my
father’s footsteps by teaching at China’s Conservatory of Music to help
continue China’s success story.
I want to thank Director-general Bokova and UNESCO for naming me the
Special Envoy for Women and Girls Education. I am truly honored to work
with the UN and do something about Global Education. I have visited many
schools around the world. I’ve seen first-hand on how much we can do for
Education is about women and the girls. It is important for girls to
go to school because they will become their children’s first teacher
someday. But women still account for over half of the world’s poor in
population and 60% of adults who can’t read. Education is crucial in the
addressing such inequalities.In China， Spring Bud Education Program has
helped over 3 million girls go back to school. Many of them have
finished university education and they are doing well at work.
As the UNESCO special envoy and the mother myself my commitment to
education for all will never change. Many years ago my father made a
small difference in his village. Together we can make a big difference
in the world.
I was once asked about my Chinese dream. I said I hope all children
especially 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 woman on this planet. Thank you