As never before, global citizens and leaders are raising their voices on the imperative of educating all the world’s children. They point with great alarm to the estimated 264 million girls and boys who are not going to school and, just as distressing, many more who are in school but not learning. That’s hundreds of millions of children who along with their families will struggle to rise out of poverty and escape the threat of poor health. And because they are not equipped with the learning needed for the modern workforce, their potential contribution to economic prosperity is lost.


New evidence shows that failing to invest in education today could slow economic growth, worsen social tensions and increase insecurity for a generation or more to come. Without a substantial increase in investments in education, it will be the end of the 21st century before all the children in the world’s low-income countries have the opportunity to complete even primary school.1 The right investment today will pay multiple dividends in the future.

Governments have the primary responsibility for their own national education programs, and some of the poorest countries have shown extraordinary vision and determination to invest more of their national budgets in education. But many countries need to invest more in education—as do donor governments, development banks, international organizations and philanthropists.



“The Global Partnership for Education is getting quality education to marginalized children, coordinating education’s many players, offering aid without wasteful replication, and following local leadership.”


The UN Secretary General’s High-Level Panel of Eminent Persons on the Post-2015 Development Agenda



The replenishment of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is an opportunity to show a new commitment not just to the children of the developing world but to global security and prosperity.Through its focus on strengthening education systems, GPE has already helped partner countries achieve remarkable results. GPE is entering a new phase of growth. After relaunching as an independent multistakeholder partnership in 2011 and after three years of substantial operational and financing reforms, GPE is ready to lead a much-needed step change in global education financing to transform school outcomes and opportunities for millions of children.

Spectacular improvements in global health have been made over the past 15 years—clear proof that the international community can bring about great transformation if it chooses to. Innovative partnerships such as the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, helped reset global health financing standards, saving tens of millions of lives.

Now it is education’s time.

JULIANA 11 years old, Côte d’Ivoire

“My parents never went to school. I am the first girl in my family to go to school. My favorite subjects are mathematics, science and geography.
I would like to be a teacher.”

After a decade of civil war, GPE supported Côte d’Ivoire to develop a new education sector plan. A US$41.4 million GPE grant helped to train teachers and build more schools in remote areas; including providing separate toilets for girls and boys. GPE’s support, together with help from the local community, means Juliana has a school closer to her home, making her walk to school safer, and giving her more time to spend on homework and helping her parents in the cocoa plantation. In September 2015, a new law made school compulsory for all girls and boys; in the same year, the government increased the education budget by 25%.