DUBAI, 14 December 2021 – Today at the RewirEd Summit hosted by Dubai Cares, H.E. Dr. Jakaya Kikwete, Global Partnership for Education Board Chair and former president of Tanzania; and Mr. Amer Bukvic, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Director General for Product Development and Partnerships; launched the Smart Education Financing Initiative, generating half a billion dollars of financing for education.
The initiative, developed by GPE and the Arab Coordination Group (ACG) - a grouping of Arab financial development institutions - is an innovative funding mechanism that provides $4 for every $1 mobilized from the GPE Multiplier, up to $400 million. Together, the leveraged ACG and GPE funds total $500 million in education financing for 37 countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, where 28 million children are out of school.
“The funding generated through this initiative will help governments tackle the learning crises at their doorstep, providing additional funding on better terms, and making sure these resources are invested in effective, sustainable education programs,” said H.E. President Jakaya Kikwete, GPE Board Chair. “The world continues to face a deep education crisis, leaving over 250 million of the most vulnerable children behind. We need more and better education funding through innovative mechanisms, increased domestic financing and international donor support.”
“Education is a social endeavor and the learning environment plays a critical role in its success. In our efforts to rebuild better and more resilient education systems, countries must be supported with financial tools to complement domestic resources. Through this ACG Smart Education Financing Initiative, the IsDB and its Arab development partners are stepping up our commitment through enhanced education financing for development with the global community,” said Mr. Amer Bukvic, Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Director General for Product Development and Partnerships.
Also at RewirEd, H.E. President Kikwete and H.E. President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, welcomed engagements from signatories to the Heads of State Call to Action on Education Financing, a commitment to spend at least 20 per cent of national budgets on education. This builds on pledges made at the Global Education Summit in July, where 19 Heads of State and Government endorsed the declaration – a commitment equivalent to $200 billion in education financing over the next five years.
GPE works to leverage more and better domestic financing for education - the most significant and sustainable funding source – by helping governments increase the volume, efficiency and equity of their domestic education budgets.
As part of EXPO 2020 Dubai and in close coordination with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates, the RewirEd Summit brings together leading actors from political, multilateral, donor, CSO, foundations, business and academic spheres around a common goal of rewiring education for a prosperous future, demonstrating the UAE’s regional and global leadership at a critical time for education around the world.
COVID-19 continues to cause unprecedented disruptions to education, with climate change, prolonged conflict and demographic pressures worsening the preexisting global education crisis keeping millions – especially girls and other vulnerable children - out of school.
Additional funding for education is needed now more than ever to protect hard-won gains in attendance and girls’ enrollment, keep millions of children in school and learning, and transform education to be fit for the 21st century.
GPE is a shared commitment to end the world’s learning crisis. It is the only global partnership and fund dedicated entirely to helping children in lower-income countries get a quality education, so they can unlock their potential and contribute to building a better world.
For nearly 20 years, GPE has mobilized partners and funds to get 160 million more girls and boys in school and improve learning in 76 partner countries around the world.
Now, GPE is working to help governments transform their education systems to get the most vulnerable children in school, improve teaching and learning, and build resilient education systems capable of withstanding shocks and adapting to new challenges. Between 2020-2025, GPE will support transformative change in up to 90 countries and territories, which are home to 1 billion children.