Plan International welcomes
Ireland funding education

Statement from Plan International Ireland on Irish Aid pledging at Global Partnership for Education

Plan International welcomes Ireland funding education

2nd February 2018

Plan International Ireland, as a child rights, particularly girls’ rights organisation, believes that financing education in the developing world is one of the best investments Ireland can make and today’s announcement of Irish Aid’s doubling their commitment at the Global Partnership for Education in Dakar, Senegal is welcomed.

We commend Irish Aid’s commitment to step up and fund education and ensure all children, especially those often left behind, have the opportunity to learn.

Plan Ireland specifically has been calling on the Irish Government to increase its annual contribution substantially to the GPE from the current level of €4 million per annum.  Today’s announcement means this will be €8 million per annum.

At present, 264 million children globally remain out of school. 617 million children and adolescents globally are not achieving minimum proficiency levels in reading and maths.

The Global Partnership for Education seeks to raise US$3.1 billion for 2018 to 2020 to support up to 89 developing countries and drive improved quality and access to education for 870 million children and youth.

Paul O’Brien, CEO Plan International Ireland said.

Ireland’s contribution, as well as the other world leaders who have pledged at the funding conference, will contribute to ensuring that every child receives a quality basic education, prioritizing the poorest, most vulnerable and those living in countries affected by fragility and conflict.

As a country that recognises the value of education it is encouraging to see the Irish Government making a commitment to education in the developing world, I hope other countries will take their lead and increase their pledge to education.