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Global Citizen Don Francisco: Using His Voice to Invest in Education

Don Francisco has been on the entertainment scene for decades. His 53 year-run as the host of Sábado Gigante had him at the helm of the longest-running television variety series in history and he recently announced his return to television after signing a deal with Telemundo.

But Francisco is passionate about a lot more than the sing alongs or sketch comedy segments. Francisco wants to use his voice to shed a light on the importance of investing in education.

Don Francisco at the NBCUniversal Upfront in New York City on Monday, May 16, 2016.
Don Francisco at the NBCUniversal Upfront in New York City on Monday, May 16, 2016. NBC / NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Francisco calls education the "key question in this country" and "for our communities." According to UNESCO, 263 million children and youth worldwide are not in school and do not have access to an education.

Francisco stresses that we need to treat education as "the key question of the world," and get more children in classrooms. He also wants education to focus on the "knowledge of new technology." As reported by Global Citizen, HP was one of several private sector companies that stepped up during the current refugee crisis.

Responding to a White House Call to Action, HP is providing new learning spaces at refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan. In addition, on World Humanitarian Day, Global Citizen and Microsoft created an innovative way for global students to learn together. Students in the United States were connected by Skype to youth living in Middle Eastern refugee camps who were seeking education against all odds.

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Francisco believes that providing skills that allow youth to use new technology will greatly impact education across the globe.

Global Citizen aims to end extreme poverty by the year 2030 by seeking commitments from world leaders, governments, organizations and policy makers. The actions spurred by the organization and its many members have resulted in 130 policy announcements and pledges that will ultimately affect 656 million lives.

The Global Citizen Festival will air on MSNBC on September 24th beginning at 3:00pm EST.

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