Britain to donate £90m to global fund for war-zone education

Aug 25, 2019 by

Boris Johnson to announce donation at G7 and urge fellow leaders to spend more of their aid budget on schooling

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Britain will contribute £90m to a global fund that provides schooling for children in conflict zones, Boris Johnson will announce at the G7 summit on Sunday.

Education Cannot Wait is a global fund established in 2016: it is based at Unicef and overseen by a steering group chaired by Gordon Brown.

It is aiming to raise $1.8bn (£1.5bn) from governments and other donors by 2021, and supports education projects in 18 countries including Somalia and Afghanistan.

The UK has already contributed £35m to the fund since its establishment, though Denmark and Canada are the most generous contributors.

The additional £90m announced this weekend should help provide schooling for up to 600,000 children.

Reducing inequality is the overarching theme of the French-chaired G7, with gender inequality in education one of the issues on which president Macron is keen to see progress.

Johnson made girls’ education one of his pet projects when he was foreign secretary, and mentioned it as one of his three top priorities for the G7 summit as he landed in Biarritz.

Source: Britain to donate £90m to global fund for war-zone education | World news | The Guardian

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