Global education pledge shows UK has listened to plea of girls in crisis
The UK Government has today (24 Sept) announced £515m for global education at the UN General Assembly. This builds on a pledge of £90m announced at the G7 earlier this month.
Responding, Rose Caldwell, Chief Executive at Plan International UK, said:
“In making this major funding commitment, the UK Government has shown itself to be a global leader on education. This money will provide vital schooling to millions of girls whose lives have been torn apart by conflict and disaster. Right now, two in three of these girls won’t even start secondary school.
“Children affected by crises around the world tell us that education is key to their future, and that it cannot be delayed. The UK has shown it is listening to their plea. We particularly welcome the funds committed to the Sahel region of Africa, which is one of the worst places in the world for girls seeking an education. Fewer than 1 in 10 girls in the Lake Chad Basin complete secondary school. We now urge the Government to make sure the rest of the funds are also spent on reaching the world’s most marginalised children.
“Momentum is growing, but it’s not a moment too soon. For girls in crises, education is a lifeline. It offers a safe space to learn and develop the skills they need to thrive and contribute to the peaceful recovery of their communities. It also provides an entry point for girls to access health services including mental health support and information about how to stay safe during disasters.
“We hope the rest of the international community will follow the UK’s example and commit to fund global children’s education at tomorrow’s (Sept 25) pledging summit for Education Cannot Wait. Together, we can make sure that no child is left behind.”