Today, nearly 70 million children around the world are still denied access to a quality education – and more than half of these children are girls. Education reduces world hunger, helps eradicate global poverty, improves health outcomes, promotes global security, and advances economic growth. Educated children grow up to earn higher wages, contribute to stronger economies, support healthier and more prosperous families, and create more stable and secure societies.
The United States’ investment in ensuring access to quality education has been critical in increasing the number of children in school around the world, with an additional 52 million children enrolling in primary school between 1999 and 2008. Much work remains to be done, however, to ensure improved learning opportunities and outcomes for all. Without sustained commitments from donor countries, particularly the United States, millions of children around the world will never know the joy of going to school. In fact, if current trends continue, there could be more children out of school in 2015 than are enrolled today.
In November 2011, countries from around the world will convene in Copenhagen to pledge new commitments to the Global Partnership for Education – a multilateral education initiative that brings together donor governments, low-income countries, civil society organizations, and the private sector to support ambitious national education strategies in developing countries. The world will be looking to the US to learn if we will finally stand in partnership with other donor and developing countries, or if we will continue to go it alone, failing to take advantage of the ability to do more, including leverage the impact of taxpayer dollars, through effective partnership in an important multilateral Education for All initiative.
Call on President Obama to stand with other donors and support the Global Partnership for Education with a three-year, $375 million pledge at the Education for All replenishment conference.
Mr. President, we urge you to stand with other donors and support the Global Partnership for Education with a three-year, $375 million pledge at the Education for All replenishment conference in November.
Despite being a voting member of the board of the Global Partnership for Education (formerly the Education for All-Fast Track Initiative), the U.S. has never made a financial contribution. A three-year, $375 million pledge would amount to just 15% of the $2.5 billion needed to make quality basic education a reality for children in poor and conflict-affected states and would ensure real results on the ground. For every additional $1 million invested in the Global Partnership for Education:
· 74 new classrooms will be constructed,
· 8,000 more children will enter primary school,
· 500,000 textbooks will be distributed, or
· 1,000 teachers will receive a year of training.
Investing in the Global Partnership for Education is a cost-effective and smart way to promote development. The Global Partnership for Education harmonizes donor support behind national planning priorities, an approach that reflects good practices identified within the aid effectiveness agenda. Funding for the Global Partnership for Education has already led to the construction of more than 30,000 classrooms, trained more than 337,000 teachers, and facilitated the enrollment of more than 19 million children in school. Global Partnership for Education contributions also leverage commitments from other donors and has mobilized additional domestic resources for education from developing countries, thus ensuring our aid dollars go farther and are more effectively spent.
Mr. President, education is the path out of poverty and a roadway to dignity and freedom for millions of children worldwide. Please help all children have the opportunity to receive a quality education by investing $375 million over three years in the Global Partnership for Education. With your vision and support, another generation of children in the poorest states of the world won’t be left behind.