Dear Foreign Secretary,
Quality education is an essential building block for children to lead healthy and prosperous lives, and to create a more peaceful and fairer world. For many, gaining a quality education is a critical route out of poverty, and this is especially so for girls. Thank you for re-stating the Government’s commitment to improving girls’ education around the world, and for making it a Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office priority to ensure every girl receives 12 years of quality education.
As you will know, millions of children around the world still don’t receive an education, with the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating the global learning crisis over the past year. The pandemic could mean a permanent end to learning for 20 million more secondary-school aged girls, with educational opportunities also at risk of getting worse for children in conflict situations and children with disabilities. Climate change is also routinely interrupting education for children around the world due to flooded schools, heat-exhausted pupils and monsoon-ravaged classrooms which put children’s rights, safety and development under threat.
The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is working hard to counter these challenges by uniting government leaders in low-income countries with international donors, the private sector and communities. Together, they develop, fund, and build lasting systems to educate the most vulnerable children, from pre-school to secondary school.
I am proud that the UK has played a significant role in supporting the GPE’s work so far, and that the Government will be hosting the replenishment in July this year, alongside Kenya. The GPE need to raise US $5 billion overall, and if donors like the UK step up, together we can support lower-income countries to help 175 million children to learn, lift 18 million people out of poverty, save 2 million girls from child marriage, and save 3 million lives.
Therefore, I am asking that you ensure the UK Government makes an early financial pledge of £600 million to the GPE, representing just 16% of its overall target for 2021–2025.
Without action now to ensure global education is properly funded, the Government will undermine its manifesto commitment to, and targets on girls’ education, and risk pushing already marginalised children further behind.
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