About 250 million children throughout the world are lacking basic education skills, but global aid to education causes has dropped significantly since 2010.
A new report out Wednesday from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) details how global aid to education has dropped 10 percent in recent years. At the same time, global aid in general has dropped only 1 percent, indicating deliberate moves away from education investments.
The report was published ahead of the Global Partnership for Education’s Replenishment Pledging Conference, a gathering in late June where donors are asked to help raise $3.5 billion dollars for education in impoverished areas.
“Education is a long-term investment -– not an expense,” said Julia Gillard, board chair of the Global Partnership for Education, in a statement released alongside the UNESCO report. “We owe it to the children of the world -- particularly the poorest and most marginalized –- that both international donors and developing country governments step up and commit more funding to education.”
As detailed in the report, global aid for education had been steadily rising from 2002 until 2010, when the trend reversed:
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Between 2010 and 2012, aid to basic education, as opposed to secondary education or post-secondary education, fell the most in sub-Saharan Africa and South and West Asia. India and Pakistan had the largest reductions in basic education out of every country, according to the report.
Finally, a graph from the report shows the impact that this aid reduction is having on conflict-ridden countries. Of these countries that made requests for humanitarian education aid in 2013, only a few requests were met, as shown below: