SEATTLE — Amongst the micro-analyzation of Trump/Putin interactions and politically enthused Tweets about drama-packed protests and memes, the G20 Summit compresses a less popular yet vastly more important issue. Global education at the G20 Summit does not seem to be a priority. Indeed, the word “education” is only used once in the “priorities” section of the organization’s website.
Goals in worldwide education have come to a staggering halt in the last few years, with global monetary aid to education dropping in priority every year for the past six years. Additionally, the money that is available is not always going toward the countries that need it the most. In 2015, global aid for secondary education decreased by about one tenth.
Clearly, a historic breakthrough is necessary. The International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity (unofficially known as the Education Commission) thinks that starting a dialogue and proposing its plan regarding global education at the G20 Summit (held in July in Hamburg, Germany) is the only solution for the future of global education.
A group of major charities and organizations including Theirworld, Save The Children, ONE, Avaaz and Global Citizen are supportive of the Education Commission’s proposal to find a solution to the global education crisis. The idea will be presented at G20 Summit to the participating countries, representing two-thirds of the global population. This proposition would create $10 billion of additional funding for global education each year by 2020 and close to $30 billion by 2030.
The plan includes establishing an International Finance Facility for Education (or IFFEd), mobilizing the World Bank, regional development banks and donors. Notable organizations such as Global Education Monitoring Report, International Rescue Committee and Malala Fund signed the proposal letter.
The game-changing idea did not come easily. The Education Commission brought together top researchers and political analysts to “identify the most effective and accountable ways of mobilizing and deploying resources to help ensure that all children and young people have the opportunity to participate, learn and gain the skills they need for adulthood and work in the 21st century.”
The Commission, including experts ranging from Nobel laureates to former heads of government, spent the last year perfecting the report to be presented on global education at the G20 Summit.
The Commission’s inspiration came from The United Nations’ set of Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, including providing free (and quality) education to every child in the world by 2030. Unfortunately, at the projected rate, and even if the poorest countries and international donors increase their funding, the U.N. will still be short of its goal by more than $25 billion by 2030.
The IFFEd aims to allocate more than $10 billion to educational resources by 2020. Part of the plan includes raising the education allocations spent by the World Bank and regional development banks from 10 percent to 15 percent. Additionally, if the educational systems of certain countries are not performing well, they could lose part of their portion of the aid without a sustainable plan to elevate their performance.
The key aspects of the plan don’t only include the IFFEd. Countries must invest more in education, increasing their budgets by 1.8 percent. Donor countries will still need to increase their official development assistance, especially to the countries that need it the most.
– Katherine Gallagher