Global Partnership Pledging Conference November 2011
Representatives from over 52 countries gathered in Copenhagen on November 8, 2011 to make financial and policy commitments to achieve quality education for all children
Minister Group Portrait in front of the Mongolian Yurt
The first Pledging Conference of the Global Partnership for Education kick started our replenishment campaign 2011-14 to mobilize resources and political commitments for quality basic education.
The event gathered Ministers and high-level officials from donor and developing countries, heads of UN agencies, CEOs from private companies and foundations, senior leaders from CSOs, teachers' unions, and development banks.
The pledging event was hosted by Denmark and co-sponsored by Australia, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Rwanda and Guyana.
The Pledging Conference featured a total of 60 pledges by donor and developing country governments, multilateral, civil society and private sector organizations to advance progress towards Education for All between 2011 and 2014 in low-income countries.
Donors pledged more than $1.5 billion to the Global Partnership for Education Fund, and made a commitment to increase bilateral education aid and improve its effectiveness over the next three years.
Developing country partners pledged to raise domestic funding for basic education by more than $2bn and committed to improve education access and quality.
All government partners committed to the policy goals of improving progress in girls' education, fragile states, learning outcomes and education access.
Civil society organizations pledged to monitor donor country pledges, provide teacher training, fight for girls' education, and eliminate child marriage.
Foundations and the private sector pledged to improve learning and literacy outcomes and access to education for children in fragile states as well as decrease the overall number of out-of-school children through education programs valued at $687 million.
25 MILLION MORE CHILDREN IN SCHOOL
With 46 developing country partners (by end 2011) and more expected to join, the Global Partnership for Education will provide much needed grant funding to implement national education strategies over the next three years, enroll an additional 25 million children into classrooms for the first time, train 600,000 new teachers, and reduce illiteracy for primary school aged children.
The Pledging Conference signaled the launch of the Global Partnership for Education replenishment campaign which will last through 2014. The Global Partnership for Education expects new donors to join the partnership in the coming years, and the delivery of additional funding from traditional donors in 2013 and 2014 which will help achieve the ultimate target of $2.5 billion.
Read all pledges in English and French from representatives from donor and developing country governments, multilateral, civil society, foundations and private sector organizations.