Sierra Leone’s President Julius Maada Bio has joined the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta and other Heads of State and Government of the Partner Countries of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to Endorse Calls for Countries to Prioritize Domestic Finance for Education ahead of the Global Education Summit.
President Bio, in a one minute, twelve seconds video, fully endorsed the call for countries to prioritize, protect, and increase domestic financing, set policies that will leave no one behind, and ensure the efficient use of resources in the education sector.
“With International support behind our effort to make more room in our budget, every government should take the lead in funding and strengthening its own national education system. We cannot allow Covid-19 to roll back two decades of progress in education, and especially girls’ education”, he stated.
The President added that they have once in a generation opportunity to do things differently and to build a more equal and prosperous future for future generations.
The Global Education Summit will be co-hosted by the Governments of Kenya and the United Kingdom in London on 28th and 29th July 2021, to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all, and accordingly acknowledge the pivotal role the GPE continues to play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 4.
The GPE is the largest global fund solely dedicated to transforming education in lower-income countries, and a unique, multi-stakeholder partnership that works to deliver quality education so that every girl and boy can have hope and opportunity.
GPE aims to raise at least US$5 billion for 2021–2025 to transform education systems for more than 1 billion girls and boys in up to 90 countries and territories.
For nearly two decades, the GPE has been delivering funds and supporting solutions to build strong and resilient education systems so that more children in lower-income countries, especially girls, get the education they need to thrive and contribute to building a more prosperous and sustainable world.
GPE brings together lower-income countries, donors, international organizations, civil society, including youth and teacher organizations, the private sector and private foundations to transform education systems so that all girls and boys, especially those who are marginalized by poverty, displacement or disability, can get a quality education.
GPE support the countries with the greatest need: those with high numbers of out-of-school children and weak school completion rates. They focus on reaching the children who are most marginalized and vulnerable, including girls, children with disabilities and those who live in countries characterized by extreme poverty or conflict.
Its unique model has helped partner countries make significant progress in improving access, learning and equity, and achieve better outcomes for hundreds of millions of boys and girls.