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07.11.2011 - ODG

Director-General Urges for Investment in Education

© UNESCO/Michel RavassardIrina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO

UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova calls upon donors to match the commitment of developing countries to education at the first-ever replenishment conference of the Global Partnership for Education in Copenhagen on 8 November 2011.

The event brings together donors and developing country partners and aims to mobilize $2.5 billion over three years, a sum that will enable 25 million more children to go to primary school.

According to UNESCO’s Global Monitoring Report, disbursements of aid to basic education increased by around one-fifth from 2008 to 2009 to reach US$5.6 billion. After a stagnation in 2008, the increase of US$1 billion is a welcome development, but remains vastly insufficient to fill the US$16 billion financing gap.

The Partnership (formerly known as the Fast Track Initiative), works with 46 developing countries by supporting them to implement their education sector plans.

UNESCO is a member of the Board of Directors of the Partnership and hosts its Chair, Ms Carol Bellamy. Over the past years, UNESCO has assisted the governments of Afghanistan, Haiti, Democratic Republic of the Congo and others to prepare their national education plans in order to qualify for funding.

Over the next three years, the Partnership will focus on fragile and conflict-affected states, education quality and girls.

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