Do you know in some parts of the world girls are held back from education or forced to drop out because of early child marriage or pregnancy? This must stop.
In total 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. Educating girls, in particular, is critical to achieving each and every Sustainable Development Goal, including climate change, health, economic growth, peace and security.
The government of France has a strong history of supporting girls’ education, climate change and education in emergencies, France’s leadership under President Emmanuel Macron can help make the difference needed to scale up and prioritize education financing this year.
One of the first signs that President Macron will use his leadership for education, is that he has committed that France will play a leadership role in the Global Partnership for Education (GPE)'s upcoming financing conference on February 2nd, 2018. President Macron will be a co-host of the conference, with Senegalese President, Macky Sall.
GPE is calling on all donors to join President Macron in Dakar on February 2nd to announce increased funding to GPE to help reach a target of $3.1B to support 870 million children in 89 countries between 2018 and 2020.
But co-hosting GPE's replenishment effort is just part of what we expect from France. We also want to see France scale up its support for GPE by prioritizing financing for education with at least a $300 million (EUR $250 million) pledge at GPE’s replenishment. If France, as a co-host steps up other countries, especially other G7 and G20 countries, will step up too.
Join us to call on President Macron now and ask him to up France's support at GPE’s next replenishment.