What happened at the Global Education Summit

The 2-day hybrid event secured record commitments of international, domestic and private funding for education. Be sure to access our resources to find out what you might have missed.

August 05, 2021 by GPE Secretariat
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World leaders and education advocates come together to show their dedication and support to tackling the world’s education crisis by raising their hands and pledging at least $5 billion for the next five years to help GPE transform education in up to 90 countries and territories, which are home to more than 1 billion children. London, July 29, 2021. Credit: GPE/Tom Whipps
From left to right on stage: H.E. Mohamed Hussein Roble, Prime Minister of Somalia, H.E. Mohamed Bazoum, President of Niger, H.E. Julius Maada Bio, President of Sierra Leone, GPE Board Chair Julia Gillard and youth leader Sikemi Okunrinboye. On the screen (L to R): Selina Nkoile (Kenya Youth Leader), Malala Yousafzai (co-founder of Malala Fund) and Josephine Kamara (Sierra Leone Youth Leader). London, July 29, 2021
Credit: GPE/Tom Whipps

The Global Education Summit raised US$4 billion from donors for the Global Partnership for Education, putting GPE on the path to achieving its target of raising at least $5 billion over the next five years. The Summit’s success demonstrated the commitment of the international community towards ensuring children’s education in the world’s lowest-income countries.

Held on July 28 and 29, 2021 in London and online, the Summit was co-hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta.

It brought together heads of State and ministers from donor and partner countries. Leaders from businesses and private foundations, representatives from international organizations, development banks, civil society organizations, teachers' organizations and youth leaders also participated in London and virtually.

In addition to the $4 billion pledged from donors, 19 Heads of State and Government committed to spending at least 20 percent of national budgets on education, rallying behind a political declaration on education financing led by Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Over the next five years, the countries endorsing this statement are committing more than $196 billion in education financing.

The Summit also mobilized more than $1 billion from partners in innovative co-financing to transform education for the world’s most vulnerable children, with the business community and private foundations collectively pledging over $100 million at the summit - the largest contribution from these communities in GPE’s history.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson co-hosted the Summit with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (sitted at right). London, July 29, 2021
GPE/Tom Whipps

We have compiled the most important highlights from the Summit’s major outcomes below:

Press release highlights key outcomes

If you haven’t already, make sure to read the press release announcing the record commitments secured at the Summit. The media coverage was massive, with an audience reach of 190 million and nearly 1,600 mentions globally.

Major outlets covering the Summit included: BBC, Sky News, the Telegraph, the Independent, Financial Times, the Guardian, Radio France International, TV5 Monde, Deutsche Welle, Arab News, CNN, Washington Post, and Nikkei Shimbun, among others.

Watch the video highlights or the full Summit

If you were not able to watch live or attend the Summit, you can find the best moments highlighted in our video. We encourage you to share it your social media platforms to spread the word.


And if you catch a specific session or speaker, please go to our summit page to check out both London Live or the four thematic sessions. You can easily access specific moments from either of the two days by simply selecting a session title below the video.

Read the Chair statement

In her post-summit statement, Julia Gillard, GPE Board Chair, discusses the major highlights and outcomes of the Global Education Summit.

Learn more about the pledges and commitments

View the commitments by partner countries and the pledges from donor government, private sector and foundations.

Pledges and commitments

View pictures from the Summit

Download a selection of the best pictures taken at the Global Education Summit.

Heads of state of GPE partner countries raising their hands during the conference. Credit: GPE/Tom Whipps
Heads of state of GPE partner countries raise their hands during the Summit. London, July 29, 2021
GPE/Tom Whipps

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