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Updated On: Saturday, November 18 2017

Drive to Increase Education Funding

Content by: South-South News

20 April 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — The UN Special Envoy for Education Gordon Brown said now is the time to “end the neglect of education” by creating an international finance facility which would make it possible for lower and middle income countries “to pay for education at terms they can afford.”

Speaking to reporters in New York today on April 19, Brown said the proposed facility would ask donor countries to voluntarily act as guarantors and require developing countries to increase investment in education as a percentage of national income from four percent to an average of 5.8 percent. He said countries would then be encouraged to “buy down the loans that were available into credits or into grants to enable countries that are lower and middle income countries at the moment, who can only borrow money at three or four percent, to pay for education at terms they can afford.”

Brown noted that the proposal for the finance facility was put forth by the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity and was on the table this week during the World Bank annual meeting in Washington. He said the goal of the Commission was “nothing less than to be the first generation in history where every single child has a chance to go to school” adding that the proposals being put forward to protect children and to finance education were “two of the most important changes that can be made and need to be made now.”

On the protection of children, Brown said Save the Children and Their World would announce a new inquiry on protecting children in conflict this week. One of the proposals would be for the creation of a special international court dealing exclusively with violations of children’s rights. He said the court would cover more violations of children’s rights than the International Criminal Court (ICC), as countries that are accused of perpetrating these crimes were not members of the ICC, and the only way around this would be through a Security Council agreement to refer the cases to the Court. He said the proposed court would have more public support in different countries for recognition, however he stressed that many answers lay in improved domestic laws to protect children even in countries experiencing conflicts.

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