The grades are in. All over the world, as our Poverty is Sexist campaign calls to improve girls’ access to and quality of education, campaign members have just given the leaders of the world’s richest, most powerful countries an ‘F.’
These leaders received a failing grade because they’re failing the 130 million girls who are currently out of school worldwide. These girls are not only missing out on access to a classroom – they’re also deprived of the health, economic and security benefits that come along with it. And their families, communities and countries are missing out on the positive ripple effects that girls’ education can have for them.
As we lead up to this year’s G20 Summit, to be held in Germany in July, it’s time to tell leaders that they need to put their energy – and resources – behind improving girls’ education.
G20 stands for ‘Group of 20’ – meaning the world’s 20 largest economies. Their leaders come together annually to discuss key issues affecting international economic growth and security; past G20 summits were responsible for responding to the 2008 financial crisis and combating global recession. The decisions made at these annual meetings have a lot of influence on countries’ policies and can lead to concrete financial investments, including for girls’ education.
So what can these leaders do to improve their grade?
We’ve got a big idea that will help these leaders get to the top of the class: increase financing for global education.
G20 leaders should commit to doubling the international financing space for education by 2020, including increasing investments to existing funding mechanisms like the Global Partnership for Education and Education Cannot Wait.
Leaders should also support the establishment of a new mechanism that will mobilise even more funds, completely filling the financing gap for global education.
To get to an ‘A’ grade, G20 leaders also need to make sure increased financing leads to concrete improvements for girls.
G20 leaders should support developing countries as they seek to break every barrier keeping girls out of school or from learning while in school, monitor every outcome, invest in every teacher and connect every classroom.