The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Samantha Power on Thursday announced that the United States, through USAID, will invest $305 million in the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) over the next three years.
The announcement was made virtually at the GPE Global Education Summit: Financing GPE 2021-2025 in London. The event was co-hosted by the United Kingdom and Kenya.
“The announcement highlights USAID’s efforts to assist partner countries in building education systems back better as countries respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic,” USAID said in a statement. “At the height of school closures, COVID-19 disrupted the education of as many as 1.6 billion learners in 190 countries. Thankfully, that number has declined dramatically, yet over 31 million children still remain out of school — and many may never return to a classroom.”
The United States’ investment in GPE will support the Partnership in continuing its work to strengthen global education systems and improve learning outcomes, particularly for the most marginalized groups –– including girls, the LGBTQ+ communities, and children with disabilities –– so all children can benefit from the transformative effects of education.
The pledge complements USAID’s bilateral programs in basic and higher education, worth $1 billion this year, and adds to our long history of creating better access to quality education, particularly for girls –– one of the most powerful forces for driving economic development, prosperity, and security.
Read full remarks by Administrator Samantha Power At The Global Partnership For Education Summit
July 29, 2021
Good morning; it’s an honor to speak with you today. I want to commend the United Kingdom, Kenya, and the Global Partnership for Education for convening this import summit at such a critical time for the world’s children.
The United States has long been a champion of education as a foundational driver of development and a tool to transform societies. As the largest bilateral donor of international basic education, we work directly with more than 50 countries to invest in the talent and potential of their kids.
But today, as we know the COVID-19 pandemic adds fresh urgency to our efforts to support global education. At the pandemic’s peak, as many as 1.6 billion children were affected by school closures and lockdowns. Thankfully, that number has declined dramatically, but more than 31 million children still remain out of school—and many may never return to a classroom.
Several countries are experimenting with virtual education and radio programming, but we know that unless we can get kids back in school, the world risks producing a “lost generation.”
We can’t let that happen. That’s why the U.S. will invest $305 million in the Global Partnership for Education over the next three years, as a complement to the nearly $1 billion we will invest in basic and higher education bilaterally this year.
The United States has been a proud member of the Global Partnership for Education since 2011, and we want to build on the progress the Partnership has made in enrolling 160 million children in school over the past two decades.
We are committed to supporting the Partnership as it continues its work to strengthen global education systems and improve learning outcomes, particularly for the most marginalized groups––including girls, LGBTQ+ children, and children with disabilities––so all children can feel the transformative effects of education.
Let’s make sure that children across the world have the access to quality education that they need to dream limitless dreams, and that the world never misses out on a generation of talent and potential.
Thank you so much.