Dare Something Worthy

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Girl walking through rubble in Gaza

In Latin it reads: Aude aliquid dignum. In the final analysis, when all else falls away, isn’t it most worthy to build a world where human civilization is marked by an ethical and moral compass, by reason, empathy and shared values? A world where human rights law and international humanitarian law are respected, promoted and defended – without selectivity or discrimination based on race, ethnicity, gender, religion or political opinion.

Do we dare?  

“It is when we all play safe that we create a world of utmost insecurity,” said the late United Nations Secretary-General, Dag Hammarskjold.  

Looking at our world today, we should ask ourselves whether we have all played it too safe. Because our world is undeniably suffering utmost insecurity. Not least for the 225 million crisis-affected children and adolescents left furthest behind without an education.  

The great Greek philosopher, Aristotle, articulated a vision for civilization thousands of years ago, reminding us: “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.”  

Let’s be educated and civilized, or as Desmond Tutu said: “Let’s get loose with compassion.”  

Free all hostages.  

Ceasefire now.  

Peaceful conflict resolution.  

The rule of law, not rule by force. 

Equality before the law. 

Accountability without selectivity.  

Freedom, human security and justice for all.  

Let the children live in peace and return to school. Let them access urgently needed mental health, psychosocial and medical services. Let them enjoy a daily school meal. Let teachers feel safe together with their students inside the classroom. Let them learn their identity and history. Let them share their dreams, tell their stories and unleash their potential. Let them heal their wounds and overcome their losses. Let them become a force of good for the world.  

We can no longer play it safe. What is more worthy than our children and their future?  

We must dare something worthy. Now. 

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ECW Executive Director Yasmine Sherif
Yasmine Sherif

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