This blog was also published on the World Education Blog.
“Leaving no one behind” is a central principle in GPE's mission. Through the GPE 2025 strategic plan, the partnership aims to transform education systems in ways that achieve education outcomes at scale, address systemic inequities and focus financing on the poor and the most marginalized children, with gender equality at the heart of planning and implementation.
Increasingly, conversations among governments and development partners have rightly recognized that access to basic education alone is insufficient to ensure that all children can learn.
Through the Incheon Framework and Declaration for Action, agreed in 2015, countries and development partners have raised aspirations, agreeing to ensure all children could access 12 years of free, publicly funded, equitable quality primary and secondary education, and achieve relevant learning outcomes.
But is there a danger that in shifting the conversation towards learning and quality of education, we lose sight of the children not in school in the first place?