Top aid donors failing to invest enough in global education

A student writes in a notebook at an Alternative Base Education Center in Ethiopia. A report revealed that many top donors have scaled back their spending on education. Photo by: UNICEF Ethiopia / CC BY-NC-ND

Top aid donors are failing to invest enough in global education and should act urgently to meet a 2015 goal for all children to attend primary school, global education campaigner Sarah Brown has said.

The spouse of former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown spoke to Devex following the launch of research that shows nine of the world’s largest bilateral donors to basic education have decreased spending on the area since 2010. Brown called for the countries to “stop making excuses” and address why 58 million children remained out of school so close to the Millennium Development Goals deadline.

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    Gabriella Jóźwiak

    Gabriella Jóźwiak is an award-winning journalist based in London. Her work on issues and policies affecting children and young people in developing countries and the U.K. has been published in national newspapers and magazines. Having worked in-house for domestic and international development charities, Jóźwiak has a keen interest in organizational development, and has worked as a journalist in several countries across West Africa and South America.