The Power of Education

Jun 9, 2015 2:00 PM ET

Reeta Roy
CEO, The MasterCard Foundation

An investment in global education is in fact an investment in the power of young people. When we invest in education in Africa, we empower young people to tackle the challenges their countries face, generate solutions, mobilise others to act, address inequities, and help to reduce poverty.

These young people, like MasterCard Foundation Scholar Joseph Munyambanza, are already leaders. After fleeing the Democratic Republic of the Congo when he was six, Joseph grew up in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement in Uganda. It is an inhospitable place and, at the time, was home to 26,000 refugees.  Joseph endured unimaginable hardships, but he survived.

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