Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced that Canada is doubling its annual contribution to the Global Partnership on Education (GPE) with a pledge of $180 million over 3 years.
The Prime Minister made the announcement during a World Economic Forum Panel on the importance of education in empowering women and girls. Next week, the GPE will hold its third replenishment conference and it will gather developing and donor countries, multilateral organizations, civil society, private sector, and philanthropic foundations in Dakar, Senegal. The Conference, hosted by France and Senegal, seeks to increase financing for sustainable and resilient education systems around the world.
“Canada is committed to making sure young people around the world, especially girls, get the education they deserve. A quality basic education is one of the most important things we can do for children, and the path forward to a more gender equal, peaceful, prosperous world.”
—The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
Global aid for education has been declining over the past several years, making Canada's funding announcement at the 2018 World Economic Forum a very important step in the right direction. We know that together, health and education are foundational building blocks for the empowerment of women and girls, and that development programs have a greater impact when we work better across sectors.
You can access the press release for the funding announcement on Prime Minister's website.