Washington D.C., January 24, 2022 – The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) welcomed today a pledge of US$8.5 million from Japan.
“This funding will help the most vulnerable children, especially those affected by conflict,” said Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer of GPE. “We look forward to Japan’s continued engagement in global education to help ensure all children can learn.”
The majority of the funds will be earmarked to countries in conflict - $6.2 million will go to Yemen and $1.6 million will go to Syria. These funds will support learning continuity for the most vulnerable children whose lives have been deeply affected by ongoing conflict, violence and food insecurity.
The remaining $0.7 million will be used by the GPE fund to help countries develop and implement education sector plans. This year’s pledge is an increase from Japan’s pledge in 2021 of $7.2 million.
“Japan attaches great importance to education support for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people, such as children in conflict-affected countries, and sincerely hopes to contribute to maintain the access to education for these children through its contribution to GPE, which includes education support for Yemen and Syria,” said Ambassador Tamaki Tsukada, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Japan in the U.S.A. “Japan will continue to work with the international community to strengthen its support in the field of education in order to achieve SDG 4, Quality Education for All.”
The pledge comes on the fourth International Day of Education, which is a critical moment for the international community to celebrate the role of education for peace and development, and ensure that all children are getting the quality education they deserve.
Notes to editors
In July 2021 in London, the Global Education Summit co-hosted by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, raised a record US$4 billion for GPE from donors. The fundraising total puts GPE firmly on the path to achieving its target of at least $5 billion, which will enable up to 175 million children to learn and help get 88 million more girls and boys in school by 2025.
About the Global Partnership for Education
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