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Fund the Future, Education Rights Now

Fund the Future, Education Rights Now

 

Research presented for the Launch of Global Action Week April 24-30, 2016

To accomplish SDG 4 by 2030:

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong  opportunities for all                

Latest figures show support for education falls again and sub-Saharan Africa hit the hardest.

There is a massive need for education funding catch-up especially in sub-Saharan Africa due to previous lack of equitable funding to sub-Saharan Africa and rapid population growth.

 

In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA)

•  SSA’s school-age population is projected to grow by one-third between 2015 and 2030 compared to a slight decline in all other major developing regions.

•  30 million children, more than half of the world’s 59 million out-of-school children lived in SSA (2013).  This number has grown to 62 million (2016).

•  SSA’s share of the world’s out-of-school children increased from 40% in 1999 to 57% in 2013.

•  The number of out-of-school adolescents in SSA grew from 21 million in 2000 to 23 million in 2013 due to rapid population growth.

•  Aid to education in SSA has not been well targeted eg. In 2002/03, SSA Aid to education reached 49% and in 2014 declined to 28%.

•  30% of women in SSA aged 15-24 years are still illiterate.

•  More than 1/3 of children in SSA will be born to illiterate mothers, reinforcing the vicious circle of poverty, inequity and high fertility rates.

•  About 1/3 of the labor force in SSA could still be illiterate in the 2030s, if education is not vigorously addressed through second-chance programs.

In developing countries education funding needs $39 billion annually from donor countries.

$39 billion buys 32 nuclear weapons. 

The same amount could be spent sending every child to school.

 

Read more:

Fund the Future: Education Rights Now 

Financing the massive education catch-up needed in sub-Saharan Africa

Funding education in Sub-Saharan Africa: Can the momentum be maintained during the current economic slowdown

 

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