This year, leaders from around the world will convene at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Pledging Conference to decide the future of education for children in the most poverty-stricken and conflict-affected countries on the planet. Despite substantial progress in access to education, nearly 40% of children of primary school age (250 million) worldwide either do not reach grade 4 or, if they do, fail to master even minimum levels of literacy and numeracy.
The Global Partnership for Education is a unique organisation that is at the forefront of tackling this crisis, and if their replenishment this year is successful, they will be able to support 29 million children to receive a good quality basic education, 23 million of them in conflict-affected countries.
The UK is a major donor to education and a leading supporter of the GPE. We are urging the UK Government to step up its support and make an early and ambitious four-year pledge of up to £525 million to the GPE, as well as committing to maintain its own aid to education. This kind of leadership from the UK can bring other donors on board and secure a successful replenishment and education for millions of children.