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This post originally appeared on the Global Partnership for Education site. 

Replenishing our Financial Resources | Our Second Replenishment

To ensure sufficient and sustainable financing for education in our partner countries and achieve GPE’s vision of all children in school and learning, they have launched their second replenishment campaign.

In 2014, more children are in school around the world than ever before. But despite good efforts to ensure all children are learning the basics, 250 million children are still not able to read or write by the time they reach Grade 4. The poorest countries around the world are experiencing a crisis in education, with 57 million children still without access to school.

GPE’s second replenishment will ensure that the international community is committed to giving all boys and girls in the poorest countries access to school and learning.

All GPE partners will come together in Brussels on June 25-26, 2014 for the GPE Replenishment and Pledging Conference, hosted by the European Union.

Watch the video 250 Million Reasons to Invest in Education

Key Actions

GPE is asking partners for 3 key actions:

1. Donor partners to contribute US$3.5 billion to the GPE Fund to support the annual school cost of 29 million children in 66 partner developing countries
2. Developing country partners to increase domestic financing for education to an average of at least 20% of national domestic expenditure; we want to leverage an additional US$16 billion in domestic financing
3. All partners to increase bilateral, multilateral and new innovative funding for the poorest countries to fill remaining funding needs

Outcomes

With US$3.5 billion from 2015 to 2018, the Global Partnership can achieve the following outcomes in 66 eligible countries:

1. Support the annual school cost of 29 million children in primary and lower-secondary school; 23 million will be in fragile and conflict-affected states
2. Reduce the number of children not completing primary education from 7.6 million to 4.8 million (2014-2018)
3. Help more girls complete primary & secondary school: increase primary completion from 74% in 2014 to 84% in 2018; increase secondary completion from 44% to 54% between 2014-2018
4. Improve learning: increase of core reading and numeracy skills by 25% (from 16 to 20 million children between 2014-2018)
5. Reduce drop-out rates in primary and lower secondary school by 10%
6. Reduce repetition rates in primary and lower-secondary school by 10%

Read more about the methodologies, assumptions and sources for the Case for investment.

The first GPE Replenishment covered 2011-2014 and generated pledges from 60 partners. Close to $2 billion were contributed to the GPE Fund over that period.

Pledging Framework

All partners who support education globally are invited to make a pledge at the June 2014 Replenishment event in Brussels. The pledges will need to align with the priorities identified by the developing countries partners in their education sector plans and GPE's 4 key areas for its replenishment:
- equity and access
- quality and learning
- system efficiency
- data and accountability.

Pledges are not just financial, but can include better education policies, better data collection and better monitoring systems. All commitments should make an explicit link with improvements in the four target areas above.

For more information, download the Pledging Framework.

250 Million Reasons to Invest in Education: The Case for Investment

The new paper from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) "250 Million Reasons to Invest in Education: The Case for Investment" explains why investing in education is critical, shows GPE's progress and results since 2002 and demonstrates what can be achieved with US$3.5 billion in new funding during the Second Replenishment period (2015 to 2018).


 

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