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Plan International Calls on G20 Leaders to Fight for Girls’ Right to an Education

HAMBURG — Global leaders must significantly boost the funding for education in poorer countries by 2030 to ensure that hundreds of millions of girls do not miss out on their right to learn, says child rights organization Plan International.

Ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg on July 7-8, Plan International is calling for the G20 nations to ensure that international funding for education in low- and middle-income countries rises from an annual spend of $16 billion today to $89 billion by 2030.

This extra funding is crucial to fill the hole in education financing for the 130 million girls out of school across the world.

"Ahead of the summit, we’re asking the G20 nations to recognize the importance of education, put their hands in their pockets, and plug the education financing gap,” said Anne-Birgitte Albrectsen, CEO of Plan International.

"School is not only important for academic learning – it can help promote beliefs, values, and expectations that equip students to take on leadership roles later in life. It can also challenge negative social norms and gender inequality."

Girls are 1.5 times more likely than their male peers to remain completely excluded from primary education and, if no action is taken, more than 400 million girls will not secure secondary-level skills by 2030.

Ensuring inclusive, quality education for all children is one of the Global Goals agreed upon by world leaders in 2015, which promise to transform the world by 2030. Plan International is warning that unless the G20 nations take urgent action, this goal cannot be realized.

School is a space in which girls exercise their agency, make their voice heard, and access early leadership opportunities. If girls are denied their right to education, they are also denied the opportunity to develop into leaders in their homes, careers, communities, and countries.

Plan International is urging the G20 nations to:

  • Commit to spending 0.7 percent of their Gross National Income on international aid
  • Allocate at least 15 percent of their aid expenditure to education and increase the share directed to basic education
  • Scale up financing to the Global Partnership for Education to $2 billion annually by 2020 and fully finance the Education Cannot Wait fund

"By closing the education funding gap and addressing the barriers that are preventing girls from equal participation at school, we can help develop the next generation of female leaders—to ensure a brighter future for all,” said Ms. Albrectsen.

The call comes as part of #WeAreTheNext, a new global campaign from Plan International, which is calling on G20 leaders to finance girls’ education in order to give them a chance at progress.

In preparation for the G20 summit, Plan International has actively contributed to policy dialogue between G20 leaders and civil society organizations, co-chairing a global working group on inequality, gender and social protection and ensuring that access to inclusive quality education for girls and boys was high on the agenda.

“It is critical that the voices of girls are heard at this highly influential forum,” said Maike Röttger, National Director of Plan International Germany. “The G20 leaders must not ignore the fact that education is absolutely central to achieving equality and justice for millions of girls. Through quality education, girls can truly transform their lives and their communities.”

To show your support for #WeAreTheNext, visit: https://plan-international.org/WeAreTheNext.

About Plan International USA

Plan International is an independent development and humanitarian organization that advances children’s rights and equality for girls. Plan believes in the power and potential of every child. Working together with children, young people, supporters, and partners, Plan strives for a just world, tackling the root causes of the challenges facing girls and all vulnerable children.

For more information, please visit PlanUSA.org.

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