By Louise Holly, RESULTS staff and member of the London group
Over the past few years, RESULTS has been pushing donors to fully fund the Fast Track Initiative (FTI), a partnership designed to ensure that aid to basic education is co-ordinated and supports comprehensive education plans developed by the recipient country.
The FTI has had some notable successes, but it faces a funding deficit and is struggling to reach many of the world’s most vulnerable children.
With 75 million children still denied an education, members of the RESULTS network have written to the media to ask Gordon Brown to support a call for the G8 to establish a Global Fund for Education.
A Global Fund for Education would build on the successes of the FTI but would undergo significant reforms to ensure that more money is available for education and that it reaches the classroom more quickly and in more countries.
The idea of a Global Fund for Education has already been endorsed by moral leaders such as Desmond Tutu and Muhammad Yunus: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global/2009/jul/01/desmond-tutu-education-fund