Education takes money. Schools have to be built. Classrooms have to be equipped and teachers have to be paid. For decades in the developing world, these things were financially supported by school fees that shut the door on many children that could not afford to pay. In the past fourteen years, many countries have done away with school fees which have led to surges in enrollment. In Tanzania, enrollment rates doubled in less than ten years after fees were abolished--in Ethiopia there was a 95 percent increase in enrollment from 2000 to 2008.
Support for education around the world is an investment in a safer, healthier and more prosperous future as educated mothers are more likely to send their kids to school, have smaller families, immunize their children and in general be healthier themselves. Countries that have invested in education are less likely to have civil wars and over 40 years, countries that have more equal education have an income per capita that is 23 percent higher.
Despite the clear positive outcomes of investing in education, education funding from donor countries decreased in 2011 and many countries are cutting back on their donations. It is time to close the gap--not make it wider.
Aid to education stagnates, jeopardizing global targets, 2016, Global Educaation Monitoring Report
Pricing the right to Education: The Cost of Reaching new Targets by 2030, 2015, EFA Global Monitoring Report