President Macron has made this year’s G7 all about fighting inequality.
We believe education for all is the best way to ensure every child gets an equal chance. And we thought Macron believed this too.
But Macron has cancelled a vital meeting with experts about education.
Send a message and tell him that we’re not angry, just disappointed
Currently, the world is a pretty unfair place for small kids - lack of investment in early years education means 175 million children are left behind before they’ve even started school.
Worse, crucial aid to Early Childhood Education is tiny - and over recent years our research shows it's been getting smaller.
Macron himself has recognised that preschool is crucial to make a fairer France, guaranteeing one year free early childhood education.
And the G7 countries have put it top of their education agenda - within their own countries.
Agree that Early Childhood Education for some, but not others isn’t fair?
Tell Macron and the G7 to reschedule their meeting with education experts and make sure every child gets an equal chance - before it’s too late!
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Dear President Macron,
Under the French Presidency of the G7 this year, we applaud you for placing a more equitable world at the top of your agenda.
And we applaud you for recognising that investment in the smallest children through Early Childhood Education is one of the best ways to make societies a fairer places, with your commitment to lowering the school age in France to 3 years old.
Without access to the same high quality Early Childhood Education, we know that the most privileged and the most marginalised will continue to be separated by huge gaps in learning and development - and that these inequalities will continue through to adulthood.
Globally, aid to Early Childhood Education is not receiving the support it needs - and the amount of support it does get has been declining in recent years.
Our research shows that in 2017, France gave just 0.03% of education ODA to early learning, a decrease from 0.1% in 2015.
And while aid to Early Childhood Education is falling, support for scholarships - the area of education with the least impact on equity - is increasing.
You can read our full research that shows the full scale of the decline here.
We are, therefore, highly concerned that citizen dialogue with the G7 will be postponed, and that your key meeting with the Civil Society Education Working Group was cancelled this week.
These meetings are vital for ensuring that the voices of our supporters and the children we advocate for are heard, by the G7 nations as you plan how to create a fairer world.
Therefore, we ask that you reschedule this meeting as a matter of urgency and that you give full consideration to a key recommendation of the Civil Society Education Working Group that will be presented: that the G7 nations reverse this trend and commit to increasing their support for Early Childhood Education to 10% of their education ODA.
We hope you and your G7 colleagues give your full consideration to this request for equity for the children who need it most, with equity between what the G7 prioritises domestically and what it prioritises internationally.
At last year’s United Nations General Assembly, you asked your fellow world leaders what kind of world we would be setting up if we don’t invest in education.
Today we ask you to consider what kind of world we are creating if we don’t listen to the voices of the world’s youngest and most marginalised children, and ensure that they get the best start in life.
Je vous prie d'agréer, Monsieur/Madame, l'expression de mes sentiments respectueux,