What People Say About the Partnership
The Global Partnership for Education has made a real impact and transformed international cooperation in education. Here's a selection of what our partners say.
Dirk Niebel Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany
"GPE's achievements are quite impressive, such as the increase in school enrollment rates, particularly in Africa. Its donor coordination, with 19 different partners including donors, developing partner countries, civil society, multilateral organizations, UN institutions and the private sector is quite impressive, closely dovetailing with technical support. Everyone can be proud of the results you are achieving."
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
"Filling the resource gaps left in the Education for All - Fast Track Initiative (now Global Partnership for Education) and ensuring universal access to primary education […] is not a luxury. It is a development imperative. And it is a central ingredient to a coordinated global recovery plan."
G8 Final Communiqué, L'Aquila, Italy
"We reiterate our support to EFA FTI (now Global Partnership for Education) as a good practice for aid effectiveness…We, along with other donors, are committed to a unified approach, mobilizing predictable bilateral and multilateral resources in order to fulfill the financial shortfall estimated by the FTI (now GPE) at US$1.2 billion over the coming18 months, and to close gaps in education data, policy and capacity to accelerate action on EFA. We welcome the report submitted by our experts concerning progress on our support to FTI (now GPE), which shows how education contributes to the whole MDG Agenda and is a key factor in poverty reduction."
Douglas Alexander, Secretary of State for International Development, United Kingdom
"We've made huge strides with 40 million more kids in school since 2000. Those children will benefit permanently from the work the FTI (now GPE) has achieved. But if we're going to get the other 75 million children, who on Monday morning will have no classroom to attend and no teacher to teach them, then the replenishment effort is going to be absolutely fundamental."
Katie Malouf Bous, Oxfam's Education Policy Advisor
"Oxfam welcomes the substantial commitments made today by governments to the Global Partnership for Education totaling $1.5 bn, which will be a crucial lifeline for millions of children in poor countries who are currently denied the chance to go to school."
H.E. Stephen O'Brien, UK Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development
"The GPE is a great example of how both developed and developing countries can work in partnership with the private sector to lift people out of poverty... I welcome the involvement of the British learning specialists Pearson who are committing to work with the GPE to achieve results for the world's poorest children."
The Honorable Kevin Rudd MP, Former Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs
"The Global Partnership for Education, formerly the Education for All Fast Track Initiative, is, I believe, one of the best vehicles we can build to become the institution drives efforts to get that last 67 million children into school. It's the only global partnership for education and it's getting results."
The Honorable Christian Friis Bach, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation
"International financing through Global Partnership for Education and other sources can supplement domestic budgets and assist the transformation from strategies and plans to girls and boys being able to read."
H. E. Professor Abdulsalam Al-Joufi, Yemen Minister of Education
"The Global Partnership for Education has given about 50,000 disadvantaged children living in very remote areas a chance to enroll in school and helped keep in school about 100,000 children, of whom 70% are girls."
H.E. Mathias Harebamungu, Rwanda Minister of State for Primary and Secondary Education
"Support from the Global Partnership since 2007 has contributed to a transformation in our basic education sector. We are close to achieving universal primary enrolment and the percentage of children completing primary education has climbed by over 20% in just three years."
H.E. Otgonbayar Yondon, Mongolia Minister of Education
"The Global Partnership for Education has made a significant contribution to improving the lives and education quality of thousands of Mongolian children. Enrollments have increased, more teachers have been recruited and trained, and teaching and learning environments have in many cases greatly improved."
H.E. Fatou Lamin Faye, Gambia Minister of Basic and Secondary Education
"With funding from the Global Partnership for Education, we have enrolled more girls in schools and successfully attained gender parity at the basic education level. We have been able to attract and retain high- caliber teachers needed to serve in very deprived communities. Programs supported by the Global Partnership have strengthened the effort of the Ministry to break the cycle of illiteracy in schools and reduced the percentage of non-readers in grades 1 - 3 in 2009."