Global Partnership for Education kicks off Replenishment Period
On June 26, more than 800 delegates including heads of state, education ministers, representatives from multilateral organizations, civil society, business and youth leaders from 91 countries gathered in Brussels for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2014 Replenishment Conference.
The pledging conference concluded with more than $28 billion pledged to ensuring that children around the world have access to a quality education. Developing country partners of the GPE pledged to increase their own education budgets by $26 billion - $10 billion more than GPE expected to be pledged. This unprecedented showing of support made clear that education is a key priority for both donor and developing country governments and we applaud the increased spending on schools, teacher training and students.
Donor country partners of the GPE, including the United States, pledged $2.1 billion toward education aid—more than half of the overall target of $3.5 billion with 4 years to go. The United States delegation, led by USAID Assistant Secretary Eric Postel, doubled its previous pledge to $40 million this year and later that day USAID Administrator, Dr. Rajiv Shah, promised to work with Congress to continue funding the future years of the replenishment period including providing $50 million to GPE next year.
To see GPE’s statement, click here.
To see the Global Campaign for Education’s statement, click here.
To see the full list of pledges, click here.
To see a Twitter/Image wrap of the day, click here.