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G20 education promises must be followed by action

8 July 2017
The G20's statements on the education financing agenda need to be followed by concrete actions to address a global learning crisis that affects girls most of all.

Girls at an education centre for Syrian refugees in Cairo
If girls are denied an education, they are denied an opportunity to develop into leaders in their homes, careers and communities

Plan International welcomes the G20’s commitment to the education financing agenda. The words must now be followed by decisive action.

The world today is facing a global learning crisis, with over 260 million children out of school. And it is girls who are by far the worst affected: they are 1.5 times more likely than boys to remain completely excluded from primary education.

School is a space in which girls should be able to make their voices heard and access early leadership opportunities. If girls are denied their right to education, they are also denied the opportunity to develop into leaders in their homes, careers, communities and countries.

Quality education needed for all children

The commitment to education announced by G20 countries today is therefore of vital importance. It must be followed up with concrete action, to help ensure the Global Goals’ promise of an inclusive, quality education for all children is reached by 2030.

It is crucial that the agenda on education is revisited under Argentina’s presidency of the G20 next year. We urge G20 leaders to meet their global responsibilities, increasing financing for education in order to ensure that every child is able to access and complete a quality education.

Plan International also welcomes the G20's commitment to improve women´s access to job markets by providing quality education and training. Girls’ and women’s economic empowerment is inextricably linked to their right to a quality education.


#WeAreTheNext, a global campaign from Plan International, is calling on G20 leaders to finance girls’ education so they have a chance to progress. Find out more here.