The power of education is clear – brighter futures, healthier communities, and increased economic growth for individuals and countries. This is why we urge the United States Congress to allocate for Fiscal Year 2022 at least $1.1 billion for International Basic Education, including at least $150 million for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and at least $50 million for Education Cannot Wait (ECW), both of which complement U.S. bilateral education efforts.
Valerie Karigitho, East African Centre for Human Rights,
Learn about the core obligation set forth by the Abidjan Principles, the need for states to prioritize the funding and provision of free, quality, public education, and the latest work in Kenya with the East African Centre for Human Rights (EACHRights).
Lissy Moskowitz and Victoria Egbetayo, GPE Secretariat,
Whether you are parenting a 12-year-old girl in Los Angeles whose reading skills have slipped during this exhausting year of Zoom school or in a remote Zambian village where she is trying to learn from educational radio broadcasts while doing chores, the last year has shown both the value and vulnerability of our education systems. Whether in LA or Zambia, this has been our shared reality, exacerbating pre-exiting inequities. And without prioritizing education in the COVID recovery, societies will become even more unequal and fragile. We need a new type of global solidarity and international cooperation.
In early 2020, as education systems around the world began to close as a result of the growing COVID-19 pandemic, it quickly became apparent that our individual and collective responses, as with all emergencies, would occur in two phases: response and recovery.
As the education sector learns from the pandemic, it is clear that we cannot afford to leave another generation of children behind. The struggle of children with disabilities to realise their right to education continues. Removing barriers to access and thrive in education is an imperative that requires cross-sectoral collaboration and investment.
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the education of over one billion people, including many of our most marginalized being impacted the most; this includes–but is not limited to: girls, children with disabilities, and children in conflict settings. Many of these children already faced challenges to access quality, inclusive education prior to the pandemic, which has now exacerbated these problems. On March 31, we co-hosted an event, in conjunction with the Civil Society Policy Forum during the World Bank/IMF Spring Meetings, that discussed the issue of education financing during COVID-19 response and recovery to reach the most marginalized.
The Global Partnership for Education hosted the second installment of “Raise Your Hand LIVE!,” bringing together changemakers from around the world who understand that education is key to building a better future.