The United Kingdom (UK) and Kenya have announced that the two countries will co-host an educational summit next year to raise funds for the Global Partnership for Education and mitigate the negative impact of the COVID-19 virus on the educational sector.
“Since coronavirus struck, the number of children out of school around the world soared past 1.3 billion. It is a toll of wasted potential and missed opportunity that is a tragedy not just for those children, but for each and every one of us,” said U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
He added: “Education unlocks doors to opportunity and prosperity. It offers girls a ticket out of poverty and exploitation to chart their own futures.”
Speaking about the summit, which will be held in the U.K., Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta said: “An educated population is a country’s most valuable resource. GPE has been a key partner in helping us invest in innovative solutions to get all our children, especially girls, learning. We must use the opportunity of GPE’s financing conference to make ambitious pledges to invest in quality education so our children and young people have the skills and knowledge they need to seize the opportunities of the 21st century.
The Global Partnership for Education is the only global fund solely dedicated to education in developing countries. Established in 2002, GPE is a multi-stakeholder partnership and funding platform that aims to strengthen education systems in developing countries in order to dramatically increase the number of children who are in school and learning. GPE brings together developing countries, donors, international organizations, civil society, teacher organizations, the private sector and foundations.