Thursday, July 29, 2021

Investing in education

Today, at the Global Education Summit in London, the Prime Minister called on world leaders to make a transformative investment into children’s education to avoid a legacy of wasted talent due to the pandemic - as we lead the way in building back better across the globe.

  • The pandemic has devastated children’s education around the world, with girls in particular risk at never returning to school and too many of them out of school before the pandemic even hit, so it is vital that we do not leave behind a legacy of wasted talent. 
  • That is why the Prime Minister today called on world leaders to invest in children’s education as the UK and Kenya host the Global Education Summit in London, where funds will be raised for the Global Partnership for Education – which the UK has already committed £430 million to – and why we are leading international efforts to get 40 million more girls into school, and 20 million more to reading age by 10 over the next year, spending £400 million in aid on girls education this year. 
  • Investing in education will enable children around the world – girls in particular – to learn and reach their full potential as we recover from this crisis and build back better, greener, and fairer societies.  


Anonymous said...

This is the first time in history that the host of a major education finance summit has simultaneously cut their overall funding for global education. Girls around the world called for the UK to listen and fund education; they asked for leadership, but they got broken promises

next stop leadership of COP 26 where the new north sea oilfield and the new coal mine will be the sticks to beat us with

Chris Whiteside said...

I'm not going to pretend that you don't have a point about women's education, but what you write is not the whole story.

Britain STILL has one of the most generous foreign aid programmes in the world even after the temporary reduction in our aid programme, a reduction which was only made because we have been hit by the worst recession for three hundred years and which I very much hope will be reversed next year or soon after.

If every other rich economy spent as large a proportion of their national income on helping the education of girls and women in the poorest countries around the world as Britain still does, even at the reduced level, it would make possible a great step forward in women's education.

You are completely wrong about the mine. British policy is to discourage using coal to generate power. The proposed mine in West Cumbria is for coking coal for the steel industry and there is not yet a suitable alternative to this. Those who see this as a stick to beat the government with either do not understand what is proposed or are wilfully distorting it.