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.