Switzerland, a GPE donor partner since 2009, has announced an increase of its contribution to the Global Partnership for Education of US$41.5 million for the period 2017-2020.
Despite the immense progress that has been made since 2000 in providing children access to school, 264 million children remain out-of-school across the world. 78 million of these children at the primary and lower-secondary level live in GPE partner countries, and nearly 57 million out-of-school children are in Sub-Saharan Africa
Julia Gillard, Board Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, thanked His Holiness Pope Francis for his longtime advocacy of the right to education of hundreds of millions of disadvantaged children around the world.
Speaking at the London School of Economics, Julia Gillard makes the case for the need of a radical action to invest more in the education of the world’s children.
Launching a new funding drive for education involving governments, development organizations, and philanthropists, the replenishment of GPE will mark the beginning of a new era of education financing to reverse the trend of declining aid for education. GPE’s goal is to reach financing of US$2 billion a year by 2020.