After their meeting in London from May 3 to 5, foreign and development ministers from G7 countries issued a communiqué, in which support to girls’ education features prominently as a key action to promote gender equality and poverty reduction, and to ensure a sustainable recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The G7 defined to two new global goals for girls’ education:
- 40 million more girls in school by 2026 in low and lower middle-income countries
- 20 million more girls reading by age 10 or the end of primary school in low and lower middle-income countries, by 2026.
To achieve these goals, G7 ministers committed to mobilizing “financial and technical resources, including through the Global Partnership for Education, and to work with national governments to protect domestic spending on education.”
GPE CEO Alice Albright attended the minister’s discussion on girls’ education on May 5.