Thursday is the second and final day of the Global Education Summit in London hosted by Kenya and the United Kingdom. The international government and businesses have pledged to donate $ 4 billion to a global partnership for education. It provides fair access to public education in 90 countries and territories, which make up 80% of out-of-school children.
The summit emphasized the importance of equitable access to education in a warning that COVID-19 is already exacerbating underfunded public education programs in underdeveloped countries. Experts warned the organization that people who were forced out of school because of a pandemic are unlikely to return.
Julia Gillard, a former Australian Prime Minister and chair of the partnership, said the pandemic affected access to education in all countries, but poor countries where families could lack internet connectivity and electricity were devastated. Said.
The pledge puts the partnership on track to reach its goal of raising $ 5 billion over five years, Gilard said.
Kenya’s Foreign Minister Raychelle Omamo warned that the pandemic had a devastating impact on world education, saying “education is the way and the way forward.”
Malala Yousafzai, a Nobel Peace Prize winner from Pakistan and a girls’ education activist, spoke with summit leaders and emphasized the importance of accessible education for young girls who are often discriminated against. She warned that 130 million girls couldn’t attend school because of the pandemic, saying “their future is worth fighting.”
At a meeting with Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the government’s commitment to girls’ education and the government’s goal of enrolling an additional 40 million girls in school by 2026. did.
“Making them learn and reach their full potential is the only thing we can do to recover from this crisis,” Johnson said.
Johnson faced criticism that he was advocating girls’ education while cutting the UK’s foreign aid budget. The Prime Minister has pledged $ 602 million in a global partnership for education, while cutting $ 5.6 billion from the UK’s international development allowance.
British officials said budget cuts were temporary and necessary for the financial burden of a pandemic recovery.
The Global Partnership for Education has also been criticized for continuing to fund partner countries that openly discriminate against students. A study by Human Rights Watch revealed the open exclusion of pregnant women in Tanzania and children of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.
Some information in this report comes from the Associated Press.
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