In order to meet the target of inclusive, quality education for all children by 2030 as set out in the Global Goals, much more funding is needed in low and middle income countries.
Call on leaders to increase education funding The third Global Partnership for Education replenishment conference in February 2018 represents an opportunity for a significant increase in global investment and commitment towards the right to education for all children, seeking to raise US$3.1 billion from donor governments.
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.
Plan International has been calling for world leaders to increase funding for girls’ education at the UN General Assembly and is launching national campaigns to boost government education financing in Uganda, Senegal, the Philippines and Pakistan.
“Currently in Uganda, education receives the third-highest allocation in the national budget, or 3.3% of GDP,” says Deborah Kirabo, Project Manager at Plan International Uganda. “That is not enough.
“In addition to a gap in funding, girls face unique barriers to completing education. One in 4 girls aged 15 to 19 have begun child-bearing and half of adolescent girls miss school during their periods. In addition, many girls are forced to drop out of school because of child marriages.
“We are planning to focus on decision-makers within Parliament and the relevant government departments. We will also advocate to religious and cultural institutions because our communities are strongly influenced by them.
“If we are able to boost girls’ ability to stay in school, they will have the confidence to take on leadership roles in the future.”
If we are able to boost girls’ ability to stay in school, they will have the confidence to take on leadership roles in the future.
“In Senegal, we are calling on the government to recognise the vital role that education plays, and increase the overall budget allocation from 5.6% to 6% of GDP,” says Alassane Diop, Education Advisor at Plan International Senegal.
“We are also calling for an increased investment in pre-schooling and are asking the Ministry of Education to address the barriers that prevent girls from equal access to education.
“It is important for us to address these barriers because girls need an education to reach their potential and become the leaders of tomorrow.”
“We are asking national and local governments to increase their budgets for flexible learning,” says Paulene Santos, Campaigns and Advocacy Specialist at Plan International Philippines. “We are also calling on the Department of Education to integrate gender equality into education.
“Flexible learning gives adolescent mothers the opportunity to complete their education. This is important because the Philippines is one of the few countries where teenage pregnancy has been on the rise.
“There are big issues in the country at the moment like the war on drugs and corruption. The main challenge for this kind of advocacy is getting our voice heard above everything else. To make education financing a priority we need a mass movement to bring the public on board and make politicians understand why it is important.”
“We believe that the right frameworks are in place to achieve increased education financing in our country and our constitution requires free and compulsory education from age 5 of 16,” says Imtiaz Alam, Education Advisor at Plan International Pakistan.
“Despite this, Pakistan is struggling to finance education. The budget for education is currently 2.7% of GDP. Official data shows that 22.6 million children aged 5 to 16 are out of school. We also know that girls are less likely to have access to education.
To make education financing a priority we need a mass movement.
“The Government of Pakistan has other priorities such as defence and the war on terror. However, we will be pushing the government to allocate more resources for education.
“The election is in mid-2018, so we will work with political parties to ensure they make education financing a priority in their manifestoes. We will also work with civil society organisations so we have one united voice in order to push the government.”
We are the next leaders
We are calling on world leaders to support the funding of inclusive, quality education for girls so they can become leaders in their homes, careers and communities.