Education for All

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. 

Education needs more funding, especially given the impacts of the pandemic. The UK Government co-hosted the Global Education Summit in July 2021 to raise funds to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), the world’s leading organisation that supports governments in many poorer countries to fund and strengthen their education systems, but despite this, the UK Government fell short, by promising £170 million less than their fare share to cover a five year period. The cuts to UK aid also make it hard to see how the UK government can make a reality of its stated commitment to girls’ education. Read the RESULTS UK response to the Global Education Summit here.

TAKE ACTION

The 'Send My Friend to School' campaign, hosted by RESULTS UK, is calling for the UK Government to launch a new global teacher strategy and work with international partners to recruit and train 1.8 million new teachers in low- and lower-middle income countries. Investing in qualified, well-trained, and well-resourced teachers is one of the greatest investments we can make in children’s futures and is key to unlocking a quality, inclusive education for all children. Read the report here.

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.)

 

RESULTS UK is a charity registered as RESULTS Education in England and Wales (1015286), a company limited by guarantee (2761858), and a charity registered in Scotland (SC041481).