Julia Gillard, GPE Board chair, warns that if the international education funding is not significantly raised, half of the coming generation of school-age children will emerge with less than lower secondary skills. In addition to this, the poorest countries will not be able to participate in the global economy, which is a recipe for conflict, instability and the [increased] movement of people.
There is wide consensus that providing quality education in developing countries brings many benefits, and is essential to the success of all sustainable development goals. However, funding by both governments and aid donors continues to fall short. In recent years, the international community has recognized the importance of aid. The Global Partnership for Education has encouraged governments to push ambitious plans and the Education Cannot Wait fund has ensured more refugee children receive education.
Statement by the leaders of France, Malawi, Norway and Senegal at the event: Financing the Future: Education 2030. September 20, 2017, at the United Nations General Assembly in New York City
As world leaders descend on New York for the United Nations' General Assembly, Australia's former prime minister and GPE Chair Julia Gillard called on them to focus on preventing future sources of conflict including lacking education in the developing world. Though it is not easy right now to argument about how important it is to educate every child, evidence abounds that higher levels of education tend to be associated with less radicalization and consequently less prospect of terrorism.
The state of global education is a humanitarian emergency. The UN estimates that without a US$1.8 billion increase by 2030 in educational investment worldwide 825 million children and youth will be left behind. On September 20, Malawi President Peter Mutharika, together with the presidents of France, Norway and Senegal, the Education Commission, the Global Partnership for Education, UNESCO, UNICEF and others are convening “Financing the Future: Education 2030,” a high-level meeting to galvanize nations rich and poor to do their part.