Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown joined other global leading champions for education at a special event co-hosted by Dubai Cares and the Education Cannot Wait fund on the sidelines of the 72nd UN General Assembly.
The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is delighted that the governments of Senegal and France will co-host its financing conference, which will take place on February 8, 2018 in Dakar, Senegal. This is the first time a donor and developing country co-host a GPE financing conference symbolizing the spirit of true partnership, which is the essence of GPE.
Julia Gillard, GPE Board chair, warns that if the international education funding is not significantly raised, half of the coming generation of school-age children will emerge with less than lower secondary skills. In addition to this, the poorest countries will not be able to participate in the global economy, which is a recipe for conflict, instability and the [increased] movement of people.
There is wide consensus that providing quality education in developing countries brings many benefits, and is essential to the success of all sustainable development goals. However, funding by both governments and aid donors continues to fall short. In recent years, the international community has recognized the importance of aid. The Global Partnership for Education has encouraged governments to push ambitious plans and the Education Cannot Wait fund has ensured more refugee children receive education.
Statement by the leaders of France, Malawi, Norway and Senegal at the event: Financing the Future: Education 2030. September 20, 2017, at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City