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Deadline set for increased global education funding

20 September 2017
The world's governments are expected to substantially increase education funding at a summit in February 2018,

Senegal's President Macky Sall announced today that his country and the Republic of France will co-host the third GPE Replenishment Summit in Dakar on 8 February 2018. Plan International welcomes this development and hopes to see governments commit to a major increase in funding.

The announcementa, made in New York where the UN General Assembly is taking place, was accompanied by a major commitment by the government of Senegal to spend 25 per cent of the national budget on education.

Plan International youth delegates at the UNGA in New York
Nicaraguan Youth advocates Marely and Marlin are at the UNGA to speak about girls' rights

The third GPE replenishment presents an opportunity for a significant increase in global investment in and commitment to the right to education for all children, seeking to raise US$3.1 billion from donor governments over 2018-2020. 

This will be a vital step towards increasing overall global financing for education, which must rise from $1.2 trillion today to $3 trillion by 2030 if we are to meet the global commitment to ensure an inclusive, quality education for all children.

Improving girls' education

The organisation will be working to ensure that Global Partnership for Education replenishment also leads to significant progress towards education outcomes for girls.

"A girl who stays safely in school is less likely to be forced into marriage or become pregnant and more likely to become a healthy, confident adult able to make choices about her life. That's why expanding the funds available for education globally is particularly critical for girls," said Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO of Plan International.

Expanding the funds available for education globally is particularly critical for girls

Girls continue to face significant challenges to accessing and completing their education because of their gender – they are more likely to never go to school, at risk of dropping-out due to early pregnancy or child marriage, and continue to face gender-discrimination and gender-based violence whilst in school.

Plan International is urging world leaders to commit to ensuring girls’ education remains a global priority. Through our #WeAreTheNext campaign, we are asking governments to recognise the potential of girls, and to take concrete steps to ensure girls are equipped with the knowledge and skills to take on leadership roles. 

The campaign is targeting donor governments and the national governments of Senegal, Uganda, The Philippines and Pakistan.

Find out more and support #WeAreTheNext.