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Conference soundbites

'Let's be blunt about it, the blight on economic prosperity has left many African societies living from hand to mouth: it is only natural under the circumstances that education seems a luxury item on the list of priorities'. Olusegun Obasanjo, President of Nigeria

'Investment in girls' education is the proven single best investment in

economic development'. Dr Carol Bellamy, executive director UNICEF

'The pice of a fighter jet or a heavily-armed helicopter is the price of computer learning for one million pupils'. Eduardo Doryan, former minister of education, Costa Rica.

'When ethnic tension causes conflict, women tend to build bridges rather than walls. Educating girls to build an empowered

electorate of women could be the most cost-effective form of defence spending'. Kofi Annan, UN secretary general

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