Press release 196/2013
13 September 2013
Finland has joined the Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The first funding decision of four million euro for 2013 to 2014 represents additional support to education in developing countries, especially girls’ education.
Ms. Alice Albright, the CEO of Global Partnership for Education is visiting Finland on 13 September at the invitation of Development Minister Ms. Heidi Hautala. In addition to discussions with Minister Hautala, Albright will meet Finnish government officials, media and education stakeholders.
“I am delighted to welcome Finland to the Global Partnership for Education as our 21st donor partner. During difficult economic times, Finland's contribution to the Global Partnership sends a strong message about the pivotal role that education plays in reducing poverty and achieving success in development,” said Alice Albright, CEO of the Global Partnership for Education during her visit to Helsinki.
“The Global Partnership brings together donors, developing countries, civil society organizations, the teaching profession, and representatives from the private sector and private foundations to collectively strive toward the goal of getting all children into school for a quality education. Finland has set the world standard for quality education and will bring invaluable expertise to the partnership to the benefit of the 57 million children in the world's poorest countries who are still not in school,” she added.
The Global Partnership for Education started as the Education for All - Fast Track Initiative in 2002 to support the EFA Goals and education-related Millennium Development Goals. GPE’s goal is to ensure that all developing countries committed to education should have sufficient and sustainable resources to successfully deliver education results. The l GPE Fund provides grant funding for low-income countries, prioritizing conflict-affected and fragile states, girls’ education and out-of-school children, especially the most vulnerable and marginalized from education systems.
’’I strongly believe that education investment in girls and women will have a ripple effect across all global development goals. Education is a basic human right, and not only that. It is a catalyst for all human development, as so clearly reflected in the areas of focus for the Global Partnership for Education,” says Heidi Hautala, Finland’s Minister for Development.
The Global Partnership for Education is comprised of close to 60 developing countries, donor governments, international organizations, the private sector, teachers, and civil society/NGO groups. Based on UNESCO data the GPE developing partner countries have delivered better education results than countries not benefitting from GPE support. Since its inception in 2002, GPE has helped its developing country partners increase the percentage of children completing primary school from 56 to 71 percent, reduce the percentage of out-of-school primary school-aged children from 34 to 18 percent, and increase literacy rates particularly for young women, while allocating more than US$3.1 billion in grants to its developing country partners. Government expenditures in GPE countries allocated to education increased from 15.8% in 2000 to 18.2% in 2011.
Global Partnership for Education is managed by a Secretariat based in Washington DC. Ms. Alice Albright is the Chief Executive Officer at the helm of the Secretariat.
Additional information: Minister Hautala’s Press Attaché Milma Kettunen, tel. +358 40 522 9869