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Brussels, 6 June 2014
MEDIA ADVISORY - European Commission and Global Partnership for Education - Pledging Conference
26 June 2014
The Global Partnership for Education and the European Commission are co-hosting the Second Replenishment Pledging Conference of the Global Partnership for Education, a multilateral body committed to ensuring every child has access to a quality, basic education.
It will bring together more than 500 key players in education to show their commitment to education by making solid pledges at the conference.
To ensure that the right of all children to a basic education is fulfilled! The benefits of education to health, economic development and stability are clear, yet aid funding for education has fallen by an average of five percent each year since 2010.
Still, 57 million children do not go to school and more than half of them are girls. A further 250 million children drop out of school or are unable to perform basic literacy and numeracy tasks by the time they reach grade four.
Girls are more likely than boys to drop out, and girls from poor families in rural areas are least likely to have access to education.
June 26, 2014, from 9.00 to 18.00
The Egg, Rue Bara 175, Brussels, Belgium
The agenda of the event is available here
The Global Partnership for Education aims to raise US$3.5 billion (€2.57bn) during 2015-2018. Developing country partners are being asked to pledge to increase domestic financing for education towards 20 percent of their domestic budgets. A successful replenishment will enable the Global Partnership for Education to support the schooling of 29 million children in 66 countries and to increase the quality of the education being provided
The Global Partnership for Education is made up of nearly 60 developing country governments, as well as donor governments, civil society and non-governmental organizations, teacher organizations, international organisations, and the private sector and foundations.
For more information on the Global Partnership for Education, click here
For more information on the European Commission's work on education in developing countries, click here