Statement by Joanna Rea, Unicef UK Director of Advocacy

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On 12 October 2020, Joanna Rea, Unicef UK Director of Advocacy said:

“Unicef UK warmly welcomes the Prime Minister’s announcement that the United Kingdom and Kenya will co-host the financing conference of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) in 2021. Co-hosting this important summit is an opportunity for the UK Government to reaffirm Britain’s proud legacy of enabling every child to survive, thrive and unleash their full potential.

COVID-19 has had a stark impact on every child’s right to health and education and urgent action is needed to prevent long-term impacts on their futures. As we build back from this pandemic, the GPE’s systems strengthening approach will be critical to ensure the world develops resilient education systems which can withstand the shocks we know are coming.

To ensure a successful summit, the UK should deliver an ambitious and early GPE pledge and mobilise the global community to do the same. This should be part of strong UK investment in education, with 15% of ODA earmarked for education. By doing so, the UK will be committing to, investing in, and championing strong, inclusive education systems that can deliver 12 years of quality education not just for every girl, but for every child.”


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