At the Development Policy Centre in Canberra, Australia, Alice Albright, CEO of GPE discussed the importance of focusing on education to build strong economies and ensure sustainable development.
In this interview with Sky News Australia, Alice Albright, chief executive officer of the Global Partnership for Education, warns that we are facing a global education crisis and are not on track to achieve SDG4. She highlights GPE’s replenishment as an opportunity to ask all donors to step up and step up big to reverse the trend of declining aid.
According to the International Labour Organization, there are about 71 million unemployed 15-to-24-year-olds worldwide, who are vulnerable to a lifetime of continued poverty without work, experience, and income. Chronic youth unemployment and the lack of an illiterate and skilled young workface limits businesses’ ability to generate higher growth, better profits and more jobs. In this op-ed, Alice Albright highlights the importance of providing a quality education to children so that the skills gap can be narrowed.
In this interview Alice Albright, chief executive officer of the Global Partnership for Education, stresses the importance of investing in education and highlights how education is central to making people healthier, boosting economic growth, and fostering peace. She also mentions we are facing an acute education crisis and lists three main issues that must be addressed to ensure all children are in school and learning: increasing finance, improving infrastructure, and improving education quality.
Steven J. Klees, economist and a co-editor of The World Bank and Education: Critiques and Alternatives, argues that the proposed International Finance Facility for Education by the Education Commission would make coordinating aid to education an administrative struggle because it would be competing for funding with GPE and Education Cannot Wait.