What world leaders and champions say about GPE

Leaders and champions around the world understand the power of education and support the work of GPE to make education a reality for millions of children.

“The Global Partnership for Education’s Financing Conference is our first opportunity to turn political commitment into tangible support.”

António Guterres

Secretary-General of the United Nations

“All children everywhere should be afforded the opportunity of a quality education. Therefore I am proud of the Clara Lionel Foundation’s partnership with education leaders like the Global Partnership for Education.”


GPE Global Ambassador

“Education is the right of every girl, every human being. I’m proud to be a champion of the Global Partnership for Education. I hope world leaders will pass their own test and resolve to keep their promises every day, in every country, in every classroom.”

Malala Yousafzai

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
Co-founder, Malala Fund

“The Global Partnership for Education has made substantial investments in education, helping to get 72 million more children into primary school since 2002, including in Senegal.”

Macky Sall

President of Senegal

“I have decided to set education as a top priority of French development and foreign policy. Education deserves our collective ambition. With Senegal, the UN, GPE, and all our partners, we will increase the global commitments next year at the Global Partnership for Education Financing Conference in Dakar.”

Emmanuel Macron

President of France

“In 2018, leaders have a chance to turn the corner on the girls’ education crisis – it starts with fully funding the Global Partnership for Education.”

Gayle Smith

President, ONE Campaign

“Nothing is more important for our future than education… Globalization and technological changes are casting a shadow of doubt about future employment. Today we have to educate our children for jobs that don’t even exist. Education systems need to expand, to innovate, to be ready to change. And we have to do all this together, with a lot of dialogue. Only all countries together will achieve the goals of peace, ending poverty and tackling climate change.”

Mauricio Macri

President of Argentina

“Educating the next generation is the best investment we can make in our future prosperity. The Global Partnership for Education’s support to Malawi is vital.”

Arthur Peter Mutharika

President of Malawi

“In times of displacement, education is critical. It offers children hope when they need it most, and builds skills that are a lifeline to the future. GPE is providing much needed support to countries to include refugee children in local schools and to provide opportunities for all children to learn. It can be done. Their future depends on it.”

Filippo Grandi

UN High Commissioner for Refugees

“To end the AIDS epidemic we need women and girls to be empowered through education. GPE is showing that education is a smart investment.”

Michel Sidibé

Executive Director, UNAIDS

“We have the opportunity to create a learning generation. We cannot leave any child behind, and GPE’s successful replenishment is a crucial part of the scale up of education financing that is so urgently needed.”

Gordon Brown

UN Special Envoy for Global Education

“The African private sector has a responsibility to support the transformation of the education system for current and future generations. Ecobank and its foundation support the Global Partnership for Education’s investments to transform education as an enabler of prosperity and economic inclusion.”

Ade Ayeyemi

Group CEO, Ecobank Transnational

“We recognize that education is central for building productive, safer and healthier communities. It is one of the best investments we can make to empower the young generations.

Argentina commits itself to support the Global Partnership for Education raising the resources it requires to ensure children around the world have access to equitable and quality education.”

Jorge Faurie

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Argentina