The UK government has pledged to give £75 million a year for the next four years to the Global Partnership for Education, a 50% increase on its previous annual level of support.
DFID Minister Lynne Featherstone announced the contribution at a Brussels conference, adding that the funding was dependent on other wealthy countries contributing. At the same time, developing country governments have already announced their increased support for the fund.
She was speaking at the Partnership’s Second Replenishment Conference at which more than 600 education leaders from more than 70 countries were meeting to make pledges for financing education in the world’s poorest countries.
The funding pledges were welcomed by UK NGO campaign ‘Write to Learn’, a partnership of Global Citizen, Plan UK and RESULTS UK.
Stephen Brown, spokesperson for the Write to Learn campaign said:
“Today’s announcement is a huge boost and could see 29 million more children in education by 2018. We welcome too the financial contribution of developing country governments who have really stepped up and are now co-funding our ambition of universal access to quality education.”
Tanya Barron, CEO of Plan UK, added:
“The strong pledge today by the UK Government of up to £75 million per year underlines the importance of getting a quality education for all. In addition, today’s collective commitment to ensuring quality girls education and disability inclusive education means we are on the right path to ensuring no one is left behind.”
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The Global Partnership for Education is the only multilateral partnership devoted to getting all these children into school for a quality education. Established in 2002, the Global Partnership for Education is comprised of close to 60 developing countries, donor governments, international organizations, the private sector, teachers, and civil society/NGO groups.
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