In 2000, the governments of the world committed to make this right a reality. If they succeed, it will transform the lives of individuals, support low-income countries to escape from poverty, empower women and girls and reduce disease. There is overwhelming public support for making education a public priority – both domestically and in foreign aid budgets.
Huge strides forward have been made over the last decade: the number of children of primary and lower-secondary school age who are out of school has fallen by 75 million since 2000, and gender parity in enrolment has almost been achieved. But we now risk falling at the last hurdle: 127 million children remain out of school, and millions more are leaving school without the ability to read or write effectively - and the reduction of both foreign aid and domestic financing for education are putting millions more at risk.
Fund the Future is an international civil society campaign co-ordinated by GCE with the support of its membership and of the open Society Foundations and the Global Poverty Project. Together, we are asking governments to deliver their promise to fund every child’s right to quality education. In 2014, we are calling for financial commitments at the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Replenishment Pledging Conference.
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Many low-income countries are reliant on aid to support their own efforts to fund education systems, yet funds have dwindled in the wake of the economic crisis faced by many donor countries. GCE is working to increase the funds available from donors in efforts to ensure everyone has access to a quality, public education.
The vast majority of funding for education comes from domestic budgets, but even with substantial increases in education budgets over the last ten years, financing has not kept pace with demand for public education. GCE proposes four steps to increase domestic resources through better taxation and revenue which could be generated by natural resources.