Education is vital to ensure that children grow up to be independent and productive members of society, able to look after themselves and their families. Yet in too many lower income countries, children don’t have access to even a basic education, and as things stand, the world will not meet Global Goal 4 (“ensuring inclusive and quality education for all”) this century.
As well as being a Goal in itself, education is essential to meeting all the Global Goals. Education is intrinsically related to other aspects of poverty alleviation, such as maternal and child health, gender equality, economic development, national security, and democracy.
A funding crisis
Yet education systems around the world face persistent funding shortfalls, which are denying millions of children their right to a high-quality education. Today, 264 million children and young people are not in school; and millions more are attending school but not learning. And it is the most marginalised and vulnerable who are left behind, particularly girls, children with disabilities, and those caught up in crises.
On 2 February 2018, the world community came together in Dakar, Senegal to pledge financial support for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), a critically important multilateral body through which many global education programmes are funded.
Despite strong statements in support of GPE, we were disappointed that Penny Mordaunt announced that the UK Government will commit £225 million to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). That’s well short of the $500 million (£360 million approx.) that we had been calling for. You can read our full response to the announcement here.