Responding to the UK Government announcing a pledge of £430m to the 2021-2025 replenishment of the Global Partnership for Education, Dr Mary Bousted, Joint General Secretary of the National Education Union, said:  

“The Prime Minister’s announcement is a welcome start but falls desperately short of the case for £600m presented by civil society and parliamentarians from all parties.

“The Prime Minister sought out the leadership of this replenishment – during an unprecedented education emergency – with a manifesto commitment to champion girls’ right to learn. Since then, the Prime Minister has decimated the aid budget, taken an axe to education spending, and shattered promises to the very girls he promised to champion. This is the unavoidable context of today’s announcement. 

“As co-host of the replenishment, the Prime Minister’s primary duty is to hit the $5bn target. Achieving this is an integral step on the journey to ensuring every child realises their right to learn. But the Prime Minister’s ODA cuts have hamstrung the UK’s GPE pledge, and this short-sighted ambition now risks cascading downstream. 

“If other key donors follow the Prime Minister’s lead, the $5bn target will be missed – damaging the UK’s integrity on global education and compromising millions of children’s futures. 

“To deliver a successful replenishment, realise his manifesto commitments, and persuade others to back his girls’ education plan, the Prime Minister must restore ODA to 0.7% of GNI, reverse the cuts to education and top-up today’s pledge ahead of July’s summit.”

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