Global Campaign for Education express serious concerns about new education financing initiative
By: Global Campaign for Education
"Education requires years to bear fruit, unlike seasonal harvested products. This private for-profit approach is particularly dangerous to African countries, the main target countries. Indeed, how do we measure results from countries whose primary concern is that all children go to school and stay there?" Samuel Dembelé, President of the African Network Campaign for Education for All (ANCEFA (http://www.ancefa.org/
GCE strongly believes an additional fund that extracts profits from education provision is in fundamental contravention of the right to education and exacerbates discrimination against the poorest families and most disadvantaged children. For this reason, it is critical not to fund for-profit providers that commercialise education. Strong international cooperation financing mechanisms already exist to promote public education systems which adequately respond to SDG4 goals and targets, including 12 years of free quality education. GCE is concerned the growing number of various multilateral funding streams including EOF further contributes to proliferation of the education financing architecture.
GCE calls on Ministries of Education in 'potential initial pilot countries' (Burkina Faso, Ghana, Jordan, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa and Zambia) and any proposed future pilots to rebuke and distance themselves from this problematic results driven fund. The supposed 'game-changing initiative', is another distraction from the real challenge of increasing domestic resource mobilisation. The Education Commission estimates that 97% of the funds to solve the education crisis are needed from domestic sources. Increasing domestic resources is possible only through better governance and tax justice. The international community efforts should support States achieving systemic changes instead of incurring debts with mechanisms like IFFEd or supporting initiatives that stand on principles which contradict education as a basic human right like EOF.
"The Arab Campaign for Education for All (ACEA (http://www.arabcampaignforeducation.org/
Everyone has a role to play in improving education. Citizens, supported by civil society organisations and research institutions point out gaps in quality, equitable education but governments remain the primary duty bearers for the right to education. Education stakeholders and the international community must support existing funding mechanism rather than promote profit making initiatives, linked to narrowly measurable learning outcomes. The Global Campaign for Education is keen to find common ground with stakeholders committed to the right to education but efforts must urgently advance systemic public education reforms.
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