On 1-2 February 2018, the Global Partnership for Education Financing Conference will take place in Dakar, Senegal. We’re calling on leaders to #FundEducation for girls, asking international donors and governments of low and middle-income countries to boost funding from $1.2 trillion today to $3 trillion in 2030.
If financial commitments to education are not stepped up soon, the world will fall dramatically short of its targets in this area in the Global Goals. 130 million girls are currently out of school, but if current trends continue, by 2030 400 million girls will not be able to secure a secondary education.
Investing in education makes economic sense; one extra year of schooling increases an individual’s earnings by up to 10% and each additional year of schooling raises average annual gross domestic product (GDP) growth by 0.37%.
Financing education is one of the best investments we can make.
By funding quality education for all children and addressing the barriers preventing equal participation at school, we can enable children, especially girls, to reach their full potential and decide their own future rather than it being decided for them.
Plan International Ireland believes, Ireland should increase its annual contribution to the GPE from the current level of €4 million per annum.
The GPE conference will give Ireland an opportunity to be heard loud and clear that education matters and turn political commitment into tangible support.