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UN Envoy Launches $10bn Plan For Global Education

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The United Nations Special Envoy for Global Education, Mr. Gordon Brown, Gordon Brown, has announced that the International Finance Facility for Education (IFFEd), backed by the UN along with the World Bank and four regional development banks, hopes to provide $10 billion worth of loans and grants for building schools and hiring teachers in poorer countries.

According to Brown, if no action is taken and trends persist, 400 million children won’t be educated beyond age 11 by 2030, the year the UN is targeting to reach its goal of ensuring a primary and secondary education for all children.

In his briefing at UN headquarters in New York, Gordon Brown announced the launch of a plan would take care of more than 260 million children worldwide not in school.

“We can’t get away from the fact that there’s an education crisis. This divide has catastrophic consequences. Instead of being in school, children will be trapped as labourers, brides, soldiers and victims of trafficking, he said.

According to him, IFFEd could also help end child labour, child marriages and child trafficking by offering free universal education in developing countries, saying that half the children of school age did not get enough education.

Emphasising that some of them are even illiterate, he said nearly 75 million children in conflict areas could not go to school and 10 million of them fell into refugee status, adding that he is in touch with representatives of 20 countries.

He said he has also asked donor countries to act as guarantors on low-cost lending for education projects.

Read more https://independent.ng/un-envoy-launches-10bn-plan-for-global-education/

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