Today, the Global Campaign for Education released its annual ‘School Report’ examining the leading donor nations’ performance on aid to education.
The report shows that while donors such as the Netherlands, Norway and the United Kingdom lead the way on aid for education, many other countries are reneging on their aid commitments with the worst offenders being Japan, Germany, Italy and America. This comes as the UN confirmed that in 2010, African countries may be facing education cuts of up to $4.6 bn from their budgets as a result of the financial crisis.
On Sunday the South African government will hold a ‘Global Education Summit’ bringing together African Heads of State along with some key donors to try to reinvigorate the response to achieving education for all in Africa. The UK government has just received an invitation to attend this event, and it is essential that they send a Minister – ideally Andrew Mitchell MP, Secretary of State for International Development – to maintain the UK’s strong record as a global leader on education, which is acknowledged in the report.
To mark the launch of the report, Shakira, who is a celebrity ambassador for 1GOAL, met with three girls, Diane Takawira, 12 from Zimbabwe, Mary Chileshe who is 14 from Zambia and Nthabiseng Tshabalala 12, from South Africa, to discuss the state of education in the continent and their own experiences of schooling. Commenting on the meeting, Shakira said:
It’s a tragedy that so many children around the world are out of school. Let’s hope leaders meeting this Sunday expand on their commitments to educate and increase the funding for education so that it becomes a priority all over the world. 1GOAL is mobilising people all over the world to put pressure on leaders to put their money where their mouth is, every child has the right to go to school.
You can join 1GOAL and help send a message to world leaders that education for all has massive public support by filling in the form on the RESULTS homepage.