Six key steps that will help to get millions of children into school
Barriers to education, Education Cannot Wait, Education funding, Right to education, Sustainable Development Goals, The Education Commission
Four weeks after a landmark decision by G20 leaders, we look at the moments that led them to commit to action on a bold education funding plan.
Tomorrow marks exactly four weeks since the world’s most powerful leaders sent out a message that they’re serious about education.
The G20 summit in Hamburg made a landmark commitment to act on a new financing plan that will unlock $10 billion a year and help to get millions of girls and boys into school.
After 10 years of declining funding for education, the innovative International Finance Facility for Education (IFFEd) will tackle a huge shortfall in funding.
Here’s a quick look back at six crucial steps this year that will help to turn a bold idea into a reality.
1. March 22
A group of major charities and organisations – including Theirworld, Save The Children, ONE, Avaaz and Global Citizen – calls on world leaders to help launch a new way of providing the funding needed to educate millions of children and give them a better chance in life.
They ask the G20 countries to make education financing a top priority – by urging the World Bank, regional development banks and donors to establish IFFEd.
2. April 19
An impassioned plea for IFFEd to be adopted is made at the United Nations by Gordon Brown, the UN Special Envoy for Global Education.
He is speaking ahead of the Spring Meetings hosted by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC – a key moment in the international calendar attended by top decision-makers from governments, civil society organisations, finance and business.
"By 2030 there will be 400 million children without even primary school level skills" – UN Special Envoy @OfficeGSBrown calls for #IFFEd pic.twitter.com/wxVZ5AbJyh
— Theirworld (@theirworld) April 19, 2017
3. May 16
Singing superstar and education campaigner Shakira urges world leaders to help shape the future for millions of children.
She launches a petition with Theirworld and says the G20 summit in Germany is a huge opportunity to push education to the top of the agenda.
4. June 9
Young people from around the world call on G20 leaders to back education for every child. Saket Mani – one of Theirworld’s network of Global Youth Ambassadors – delivers a powerful message to the nations who will meet in July.
He hands over petitions supporting education that were signed by thousands of supporters of Theirworld, ONE and Global Citizen.
5. July 7
Shakira, international leaders and more than 145,000 campaigners call on the G20 summit to back education.
She tells the crowd at the Global Citizen Festival in Hamburg: “That is powerful and inspiring. You have shown that we are not going to ignore the 263 millions kids who can’t access an education.”
6. July 8
In a crucial turning point for global education, G20 leaders make a commitment that could change the future for children around the world.
The summit commits to action on IFFEd – the first time in a decade that G20 leaders have signalled action on a new education funding initiative in one of their official statements.
The announcement in the G20 summit Leaders’ Declaration says IFFEd will be progressed under the G20 presidency of Argentina in 2018 – taking into account other existing initiatives, such as the Global Partnership for Education and Education Cannot Wait.
Argentinian President Mauricio Macri said at the Global Citizen Festival: “Nothing is more important for our future than education. This involves the person and country and international community.
“Today we have to educate our children for jobs that don’t even exist. And all of us need to keep on developing skills throughout our lives. Education assistance needs to expand – to be ready to change.”