More than 124 million children are not in primary and lower secondary school, according to UNESCO.

Former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, now chair of the Board of Directors of the Global Partnership for Education, is trying to change that.

"The children who are still out of school are often the hardest to reach," Gillard says. "The girls, the children in conflict and fragile affected countries ... we want to make sure that we are reaching those children as well." 

The former Australian leader says there needs to be more resourcing around the world for education. "I'm confident that if we get the right mix of resources ... we can make a difference." 

Editor’s note: The interview with Julia Gillard was recorded during her recent visit to Washington DC. 

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Source: Al Jazeera