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Tuesday, 11th February 2020

Louth trad musicians to play at UN to promote universal education for girls

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The five young musicians from Music Generation Louth pictured earlier today rehearsing with members of the Pihcintu Chorus in New York. Photo: Music Generation Louth.

Bono and Mary Robinson to attend event in New York tonight to launch the #DriveForFive campaign

Five young traditional musicians from Music Generation Louth will be taking part in a high profile event taking place later today in New York which is to be broadcast around the world. 

The event, which is to highlight the #DriveForFive Campaign calling for greater access to education for adolescent girls globally, will be hosted by the Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations. 

Bono and Mary Robinson will be attending tonight’s event to officially launch the #DriveForFive campaign with partners including the One Foundation, the Global Partnership for Education and UN Women. 

The event will also be attended by UN Secretary General António Guterres, and Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director.

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The event is to draw attention to the dreadful gender inequality in education opportunity worldwide. 

More than 130 million girls worldwide are not in school and some 96.5 million are excluded from secondary education.

Despite increasing global gender parity in secondary school enrolment, only 29% of girls complete lower secondary and just 13% complete upper secondary in low income countries.

There is a significant gender gap in learning in low income countries: 53% of girls versus 76% of boys aged 15-24 are able to read.

The five young people representing Music Generation as ‘Young Ambassadors’ at today’s #DriveForFive campaign launch have all been members of ‘Nós Nua – Louth Youth Folk Orchestra’, a hugely successful collaboration initiative between Music Generation Louth and Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in the north-east region. 

Ranging in age from 15-17, the five young traditional Irish musicians are: Kerrianne McCardle (Flute); Evelyn McCaul (Harp); Saoirse McGahern (Bodhrán); Iarla McMahon (Uilleann Pipes); Kim Poole, senior strings (Fiddle). 

They’ll be performing alongside the UN Choir and members of the Pihcintu Chorus – a choir of refugee and immigrant girls based in Portland, Maine, in a performance starting at 16.15 (NY Time). 

Click on any of the links below to watch the event live tonight, or it will be available as a recording after the event:

UN Web TV:




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