Global Partnership for Education: help us get millions of children into school

Education funding

Children in Democratic Republic of Congo during visit by GPE chief executive Alice Albright in February Picture: GPE/Guy Nzazi

A new fundraising drive is aimed at helping the world’s poorest countries provide basic education for their children.

Key leaders of the Global Partnership for Education agreed to raise £3.5billion over four years to provide essential support.

The GPE, the world’s only multilateral working to increase access to education, said there is now an opportunity to get 16 million children, most of them girls, into school.

 Julia Gillard, chair of the GPE board, said: ““A strong GPE replenishment is critical to seizing the momentum and keeping the progress in global education.

“Donor nations, developing country partners, civil society, teachers, multilateral organisations and the private sector alike must intensify their current commitments to ensure that the right to education becomes a reality for all children.”

Each country that receives funding is encouraged to make its education system more efficient, effective and inclusive of girls.

The Global Citizen website is urging people to sign a GPE petition to world leaders.

The petition calls for increased financial spport for GPE and for governments to pledge at least 10% of their foreign aid budget to basic education – the current level is less than 3% on average.

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