Following the World Bank Group President Jim Yong Kim’s presentation at the 2017 Human Capital Summit, seven countries committed to accelerating financing for human capital. For the first time, the World Bank Group is including human capital in its measurement of the wealth of nations.
In this op-ed, Julia Gillard emphasizes how education can make a big difference in the lives of girls and the people around them. However, despite much progress, 130 million girls worldwide are still out of school, which explains why women struggle more than men to find meaningful, well-paying work, and why the share of women in the global workforce persistently lags behind that of men. GPE is one of the leading catalysts in educating girls: Thanks to GPE funding, 38 million additional girls were enrolled in school across GPE partner countries between 2002 and 2015.
The ONE Campaign’s list of “Toughest Places for a Girl to Get an Education,” released for the International Day of the Girl, shows how urgently developing countries need financial investments to educate girls. Nine of the top 10 countries where girls fail to get life-changing, poverty-busting education are in Africa, and this is a global crisis that perpetuates poverty.
In recognition of World Teacher's Day, U.S. Senators Cory Booker and Marco Rubio introduced a resolution to support U.S. efforts and the mission of the Global Partnership for Education to improve access to quality education for the poorest and most marginalized children and youth worldwide.
UBE Primary School in the suburbs of Kaduna State, Nigeria, received N30 million from the Global Partnership for Education to improve teaching and upgrade school facilities. A representative from the World Bank, who is leading the task team overseeing a larger GPE grant to five states in the northwest, explained that the release of the funds to this school of 22, 240 students is meant to relieve a growing pressure on teachers.