Education for all is at a critical moment. While some great progress has been made, there are still 57 million primary age children out of school around the world. A further 69 million adolescents are unable to attend lower secondary school, and around 250 million children in school are not learning basic skills, even though half of them have spent at least four years in school. Meanwhile, global spending on education is declining just when it is needed most. The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is a unique organisation that is at the forefront of tackling this crisis by supporting education in fragile and conflict-affected states, promoting girls’ education, helping countries increase basic numeracy and literacy skills, and improving teacher effectiveness.
This year, the GPE is launching a crucial ‘replenishment’ that could be a turning point for the future of education. Later this month, a GPE Board meeting will make key decisions about the replenishment. We want the UK Government to lead the call for an ambitious replenishment campaign aiming to raise US$4 billion for the GPE fund to help get every child into school for a quality education.