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The Global Partnership for Education
Around the world, millions of children are still out of primary school and nearly 40 percent of the world's children of primary school age fail to acquire even basic literacy and numeracy skills. In the early 2000s, the world made astounding headway on education, cutting the number of children out of school nearly in half. But progress stalled since 2008. We have the chance to get back on track, by continuing to support and contribute resources to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), the only international partnership exclusively dedicated to achieving education for all.
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The Global Partnership supports quality education for millions of children in poor and conflict-affected countries. Its unique model brings together diverse partners including international donors, representatives from the private sector, and community groups to create a single national education plan. These plans identify the biggest challenges to achieving quality education for all and how to address them, from teacher training to building schools. Donors and the developing country government can then effectively coordinate their funds around reaching these goals, leading to the biggest impact for children. Thanks to the Global Partnership's model, countries like Somalia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo are now implementing their first-ever national education plans. Despite the challenges Afghanistan faces in delivering quality education to its citizens after decades of war, the Global Partnership is helping rebuild the country’s education system through its Interim Education Plan, bringing stakeholders together to establish a coordinated approach to delivering education services.
Leading up to the Global Partnership’s pledging conference in June of 2014, RESULTS volunteers campaigned for a bold U.S. pledge to GPE to help reach children in the world’s poorest places. RESULTS advocates throughout the country generated over 100 pieces of media, reached out to their communities, and worked with their members of Congress to urge the U.S. Administration to make an ambitious pledge to GPE.
At the pledging conference, the Global Partnership raised a total of $2.1 billion from donors, a good start toward fulfilling its replenishment target of $3.5 billion for the 2015-2018 period. The U.S. committed to contributing $40 million to GPE in the fiscal year 2014, double the contribution from the previous year, and an additional $50 million to GPE in fiscal year 2015. Developing country partners also showed an amazing level of commitment by pledging a total of $26 billion for their own domestic financing for education, an increase of 25 percent from 2015-2018.
While the 2014 pledging conference demonstrates enormous progress, The Global Partnership for Education’s work continues and increased U.S. contributions are key to achieving education for all. RESULTS and our network of committed advocates continue to push for greater investment in the Global Partnership for Education. We believe that education opens doors and that all children, regardless of where they are born, deserve the opportunity to realize their full potential.