Now is the moment to 'Fund the Future'

24 Feb 2014

[caption id="attachment_14313" align="alignleft" width="272"]"Fund the Future: An action plan for funding the Global Partnership for Education" "Fund the Future: An action plan for funding the Global Partnership for Education"[/caption]

Dan Jones, Campaigns Manager at RESULTS UK, discusses the launch of new global report from the Global Campaign for Education.

$4 billion is the amount of money spent on 3 days’ worth of fast food worldwide. It’s the cost of 3 days petrol used by US citizens. It’s the amount of money spent on the military worldwide every 20 hours.

Or it could be a quality education for 17 million children in the poorest countries.

That’s the message of a new report launched by a global coalition of civil society including RESULTS ahead of a major Board meeting of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) in Washington DC.

“Fund the Future: An action plan for funding the Global Partnership for Education” urges world leaders to keep their promise to fund every child’s right to a quality education. It calls on donors like the UK, US, Australia and Canada to pledge a combined total of US$4 billion to support the Global Partnership for Education between 2015 and 2018. It also calls on developing countries to increase their own domestic financing for education for all citizens.

The report, published by the Global Campaign for Education (GCE), of which we are members, comes at a crucial moment in the global decision-making about financing education for all. Just two weeks ago, the Global Partnership made news headlines as it announced its new chair – former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. RESULTS thought this was an inspired choice of top level champion for education (and said so!). And even as I write this, Ms Gillard is speaking to a packed event at the Brookings Institute in Washington DC about the vital importance of investing in the Global Partnership for Education.

[caption id="attachment_14315" align="aligncenter" width="480"]Julia Gillard, new Chair of the Board of Global Partnership for Education. Photo courtesy of GPE / John Tass-Parker. Julia Gillard, new Chair of the Board of Global Partnership for Education. Photo courtesy of GPE / John Tass-Parker.[/caption]

Over the next two days, the Global Partnership’s Board – including representatives from the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID), will be meeting in private to make crucial decisions about the replenishment. One of those key decisions will be setting the overall target for the replenishment of the GPE fund. As “Fund the Future” articulates, and as RESULTS and our grassroots have been campaigning for, we are urging the Board to agree an ambitious target of $4 billion for the replenishment period 2015-18.

$4 billion will be a stretch. It’s a challenge, we know that, and we’re not unrealistic. But we believe education for millions of children in the poorest countries is a stretch worth making.

With 57 million children of primary age still out of school around the world, 250 million more in school but not learning, and donor aid to education declining just when it is needed most, this really is a moment of great threat, or great opportunity.

If global leaders invest more in education they can help reduce poverty, create more sustainable livelihoods, improve long-term health benefits, ensure greater gender equality, and promote democratic governance: investment in education now can help to fund a better future tomorrow.

The GPE estimates that a successful replenishment at an “ambitious” level could support a rise across its 59 developing country partners to 92% primary school enrolment by 2018. This would mean that 17 million more children get a chance to get a quality basic education.

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