Every child deserves an education. Getting a good quality education helps children grow into healthier adults with better prospects in life, who can use their own voice and utilise their power for change. It can also provide stability to children who are displaced, contribute to gender equality, reduce the likelihood of conflict, and contribute to a healthy planet.
Ensuring everyone gets the opportunity to learn, and that countries everywhere have robust education systems are essential for creating a fairer world, free from poverty.
Education is a fundamental human right and is critical part of achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals, meaning countries have committed to ensuring an inclusive and quality education for all by 2030. Despite this, millions of children are still left behind, especially in lower- and middle-income countries. This past year, COVID-19 has interrupted school everywhere, with around 1.6 billion learners in 146 countries affected in 2020. But for some this disruption will become permanent, with 20 million marginalised children in lower- and middle-income countries likely never to return to formal education, with girls at a disproportionate risk.
The UK Government has said it is committed to ensuring all girls have the right to 12 years of quality education, and between 2015 and 2020, the Department for International Development supported at least 15.6 million children to gain a decent education. But the proposed aid cuts jeopardise the impact that the UK government can make on its commitment to girls’ education.
Education needs more funding now, especially given the impacts of the pandemic. World leaders know this, and many are expected to pledge funds to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) in 2020. The GPE is the world’s leading organisation that supports governments in many poorer countries to fund and strengthen their education systems. As co-host, we expect the UK Government to make an ambitious and early pledge to GPE ahead of the Global Education Summit in July.
Let’s show the Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab MP that we support quality education for every child, and ensure the UK is playing its part in creating a fairer world. Write to him using our template e-mail below.
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Young people need to be at the centre of education campaigning. RESULTS UK is a member of the Send my Friend to School coalition, who are supporting school children to get involved in the campaign, using theirs voices to effect change in global education. If you are a teacher or parent / guardian, join thousands of other schools and download the #EducationInterrupted campaign pack now!
RESULTS UK also supports parliamentarians who want to champion education, via the All Party-Parliamentary group on Education for All, and the International Parliamentary Network on Education (IPNEd.)