Global Education Summit in London

Kenya and United Kingdom are co hosting a Global Education Summit in the city of London with the objective to raise 5 billion USD for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). GPE funds public education in up to 90 territories and countries.

Key Points

  • These countries which require public education funds are home to more than 80% of the world’s children who are out of school.
  • The summit is being held as the governments are facing huge challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic which has caused disruptions.
  • Due to the pandemic schools have closed abruptly in most countries.
  • Many closures happened without any response plan and this has led to serious gaps in the various governments’ delivery of learning via online platforms during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The disruption towards the education of children has highlighted the need for the governments of various countries to devote more resources and attention to address this longstanding inequality in the education system of the countries which have been exacerbated by the pandemic.
  • To tackle these challenges which are being faced, education ministries of the countries should deliver funding that will help in achieving the international targets and protect their respective education budgets from possible cuts.
  • If not paid heed to then millions of children will have to sacrifice their education.

What needs to be done?

All the partner countries, recipients as well as donors, should collectively implement policies that will benefit all the children of their countries. Education ministries should guarantee free secondary and primary education and reverse policies that are undermining the education of the children.

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