Following GPE’s Financing Conference held on February 1-2, 2018, the government of Malawi has committed to increase public education expenditure from 24% in 2018 to 31% in 2020. In an interview with the Nyasa Times, Civil Society Education Coalition (CSEC) executive director Benedicto Kondowe emphasized the critical role civil society should play in advocating for increases in education financing and also ensuring the government abides by its pledge and resources are utilized for the intended purpose.
Julia Gillard, GPE Board Chair, reacts to the abduction of school girls from the Bursari Government Girls Science Secondary School in Dapchi, Yobe state in northeast Nigeria by the terrorist group Boko Haram.
In this article, Boris Johnson, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of the United Kingdom, explains why he has made the cause of girls’ education a central priority of British foreign policy. He also highlights UK’s efforts in supporting girls’ education including by promising £225m for the Global Partnership for Education over three years, an increase of nearly 50% on Britain’s previous contributions.
Malawi’s education sector improvement program, implemented with financial support from GPE aims to improve the quality of education by improving school infrastructure. Under this program, 5 vehicles and 120 motorbikes were awarded to 8 district education managers with hopes that they will help improve coordination, supervision and monitoring of progress on various projects that are being implemented.
Earlier this month, Senegal was in the spotlight of global efforts to improve education as French President Emmanuel Macron and Senegal’s President Macky Sall co-hosted the GPE Financing Conference. During the conference, African leaders and partners announced their commitment to provide quality education to all children and heads of state from across the continent described their challenges.