Education is essential for children to dream and thrive

In 2020, as COVID-19 spread across the globe, most countries announced temporary school closures, impacting nine in ten students worldwide. Never before have so many children been out of school at the same time. Australia must join world leaders in ensuring the COVID-19 pandemic does not undo hard won gains to improve global education.

To achieve education for all, we must also address gender inequality. More girls are denied the opportunity to learn to read and write in primary school than boys, and millions of girls face additional barriers to education such as forced child marriage and gender-based violence. 

Together, we can use our collective voice to help ensure every child has access to education. 

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#RaiseYourHand for Global Education

On Tuesday, 13 July, we brought together people from diverse communities – educators, young people, parents, federal parliamentarians – to demonstrate our shared support for Australia to invest in global education at the upcoming Global Education Summit on 28 – 29 July. 

Catch up on our online panel discussion now!

Funding Global Education

We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to transform education and unlock the future we want. GPE will need at least US $5 billion for 2021–2025 to support lower-income countries to do exactly that.

In the past two decades, the world has made major progress in delivering quality education to all girls and boys. Millions more children are attending school and the gender gap is narrowing, especially at the primary level. But confronted with young and growing populations, and high rates of poverty and inequality that have worsened with COVID-19, governments in lower-income countries need concerted support to accelerate progress. 

For nearly 20 years, GPE has been financing and supporting lasting change so that countries can capitalize on the opportunities of the 21st century. As the world’s only partnership and fund dedicated exclusively to delivering quality education, we help ensure that marginalized children will no longer be left behind. 

GPE is launching a bold new strategic plan for 2021–2025 that will build on this success. With funding of at least $5 billion, 

GPE can catalyze change to transform education systems in up to 90 countries and territories, which are home to more than 1 billion girls and boys. We will leverage seismic shifts toward inclusion, quality and efficiency, including by putting gender equality at the heart of what we do and how we operate. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought new challenges. Together, we can choose to prevent the erosion of hardwon gains and transform education for the future. National education budgets in the world’s lower-income countries were already challenged, with the majority tied up in recurring costs such as salaries and school maintenance. GPE’s targeted support will enable governments to enact the systemic changes they want to see. 

The time to create the future we want is now. Raise your hand. 

To learn more, visit the Global Partnerships for Education website.

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