Following the Board Meeting of the Global Partnership for Education on February 26 in Washington, Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, released a statement in support for the GPE fund.
“The upcoming year has several important moments in the sprint to the end of 2015 and the achievement of our goal of universal education. In order to ensure 57 million children are in school and learning, we will need to mobilize broad support for our education campaign over the next two years.
We must hit our milestones and targets on the pathway to MDG 2 by eliminating child labor and child marriage, prioritizing education in conflict areas, and moving more children, especially girls, from oppression to opportunity.
One essential and vital mobilization point will be the Global Partnership for Education’s replenishment under the excellent direction its CEO, Alice Albright, and the newly appointed, outstanding global leader in education, Julia Gillard. I applaud GPE’s ambitious target of $3.5 billion, four-year replenishment and its aspiration to support 29 million more children in school and learning through its newly adopted funding model. The replenishment will also leverage substantial additional funds in domestic financing through the incentives and requirements built into GPE’s new funding model. Supporting the GPE fund to deliver results for out-of-school children is an essential aim in our quest for increased financing, improved delivery systems and heightened political will to make education a reality for every child.
Donors, governments, multilateral agencies, philanthropists and the general public must do even more – and work together – over the next two years to ensure we keep our promise to the world’s children. We must be held accountable for the 57 million out-of-school children. This year will be one of increased momentum and campaigning to tackle the barriers that prevent young people from going to school and recognize the importance of opportunity for all children.