‘By 2030, half of the world’s 1.6 billion young people will not have the skills they need to fulfil their potential.’
Poor children in developing countries face many obstacles regarding access to education. Some are blatantly obvious such as – children living in rural area in developing countries have no school they can attend – while other barriers are not so oblivious such as – teachers with inadequate teacher training who are unable to effectively deliver the level of education needed.
More than 1200 participants attended a Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Financing conference in Dakar, Senegal on February 2, 2018. The participants included leaders from the World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCO, civil society, philanthropic foundations and the private sector. This is the first time that an education financing conference was hosted by a G7 leader and the president of a developing country.
More than 50 developing countries stated that they would increase they budgeted expenditures between 2018 – 20120 for the education of children.
The GPE received US$2.3 billion pledged in financing from donor countries. In the face of this crisis in education, this represents an investment in the future of children and young people. The key to development in the Third World is education. This unprecedented pledged support will go a long way to ensure that every child is in school and learning.