264 million children around the world are missing out on an education. Over half of these are girls & 75 million are out of school due to conflict and natural disaster. Providing quality education to all children and young people is essential for economic growth and prosperity around the world.
The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) was able to raise over $2.3B at its recent replenishment conference, but it is stil $800M short of its target for 2018 to 2020. Without more donors stepping up we will not come close to achieving sustainable development goal 4: inclusive, equitable quality education and lifelong learning opportunities, for all children by 2030.
By 2030, more than 800 million of the 1.6 billion young people in the world will have never gone to school or have had the basic skills needed for employment.
Look at kids like Wongani from the world’s poorest country: Malawi. He is exceedingly talented and wants to become a ‘businessman,’ but will never to afford to go to secondary school without organisations such as GPE to support him.
Photo Credit: Critical Mass. Title: Wongani a budding ‘businessman’ stands in front of charts showing the high drop-out rate and challenges for kids in his school in Malawi.
A massive shift is needed in the way we invest in education systems if we want a safe, secure and prosperous future for the next generation.
That is why we need Global Citizens to call on the ASEAN, Commonwealth and other leaders to support and pledge to GPE so the fund can raise another $800 million by 2020.