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A Call to Action from Global Partnership for Education

This week, the Global Partnership for Education held the Second Replenishment Pledging Conference, to promote investment in education for the 2015-2018 period. The Partnership requested $3.5 billion from donor nations, foundations and private entities over the next four years to support the improvement of education in its 66 developing nation partners. Along the same lines, developing nations were encouraged to increase their education budgets by at least 20%. From Humana People to People, Jesper Wohlert participated in the conference as member of the steering committee of theUNESCO Task Force on Teachers for Education for All.

Few people would argue against the value of education in development, and the statistics overwhelmingly support its truth. However, despite unanimous global agreement on the positive benefits of investing in education, international funding for the cause since 2010 has dropped to levels equivalent to 2008 funding. UNESCO estimates that just 6 days worth of OECD military spending, around $16 billion, would be enough to fund a comprehensive plan to fill the education gap and reach the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education.

At the time of this writing, over $2.1 billion has been pledged by donors at the GPE conference – an increase of 40 percent on the amount pledged at the last replenishment pledging conference in 2011. Even more encouraging is that 27 developing countries pledged to increase their education spending by $26 billion over the next four years, representing a national budget allocation increase of 25 percent.

The event promoted seven calls to action to achieve universal access and guarantee the quality of education in developing countries. In particular, the Humana People to People organizations work to train teachers who are well prepared to promote inclusive education, provide better access for children in rural areas, increase the relevance of the education and build a strong alliance with parents, community and authorities to ensure that all children, girls and boy, get into school. Humana works extensively with governments in developing nations to produce well prepared teachers, all aligned with national policies and objectives. Key focuses in our approach include equipping teachers to be agents of change in their communities, and encouraging every individual to take charge of their own personal learning and development.