72 million school age children globally do not have access to education.
In the year 2000, world leaders set the Millennium Development Goal that by 2015 all children, particularly girls, children in difficult circumstances and those belonging to ethnic minorities, have access to and complete, free and compulsory primary education of good quality.
At the current rate of progress, we will have fallen short of our goal. 56 million children will be out of school in 2015.
Both Australia and the World Bank have increased their aid for education. However in the last ten years, more than half of the World Bank’s lending for education has been directed at just three countries: India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
These countries are in great need of support, but other developing countries in South-East Asia, the Pacific and Africa are losing out.
Australia currently has an Executive Director at the World Bank, Dr Jim Hagan. Ahead of his meeting in Washington with RESULTS Australia representatives, email Dr Hagan advocating for greater World Bank contribution towards education.