The education sector globally is seriously underfunded. This negatively impacts the poorest and most marginalised in society the most.
Bridge India Members were signatories of this Letter to the Editor in The Daily Telegraph, alongside Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousufzai and others, calling on all the UK’s political parties to take action. You can read the Letter in its original form here.
As we head toward a general election, our minds are swimming with all the wrongsthat need to be righted and all the rights that need to be wrestled for.
Top among these is every child’s right to an education. With conflicts raging around the world, hunger overwhelming populations, climate crises dramatically rising and the equality gap growing painfully, why is education top of our to-do list? Because educationis both the greatest solution to and the greatest victim of all these global issues.
Rishi Sunak, the Prime Minister, recognised that every opportunity he has been fortunate enough to seize in his life is owing to the education he received, and in his New Year’s speech said “the single most important reason why I came into politics” was to “give every child the highest possible standard of education”.
If we translated this globally, imagine the world we could be living in. Less death, disease and disaster – more prosperity, peace, innovation, and a fair and just society. Isn’t thatwhat we want for every child?
This isn’t a pipedream. This is an achievable goal, if we work in partnership, protect and increase financing to education, and show the same determination and resilience we would if a child was standing right in front of us desperately asking us to make their simple dream come true – to have a quality education and learn.
Every political party in Britain can and must get behind this urgent goal, to turn the tideon the learning crisis and ensure we help create a legacy we can stand behind and beproud of.
We are at the half-way point to the 2030 deadline to ensure inclusive and equitable education for all – and things are only getting worse. That’s why we need unity andshared determination, now.
We are calling on every political party to demonstrate their support for Sustainable Development Goal 4 by including a commitment in their manifesto to the protection and increase of financing to global education, including ensuring a fully funded Global Partnership for Education and Education Cannot Wait.
Larry Cooley, President, Society for International Development
David Hallow, Research Director, EdTech Hub
Luisa Edves, Director of Education and Skills, British Expertise International
Pratik Dattani, Bridge India
Dr Nicholas Westcott
Director, Royal African Society
Dr Kevin Martin, Centre Manager, Digital Education Futures Initiative, Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge
Dr Craig Walker, The Open University
Pauline Rose, Director, REAL Centre, University of Cambridge
David Armstrong, Partner, PWC
Kyle Whitehill, Chief Executive Officer, Avanti Communications
Debbie Mavis, Group HR Director, Avanti Communications
Mark East, Senior Director – EMEA Regional Business Leader, Microsoft
Rushanara Ali MP (Lab)
Lord Purvis of Tweed (Lib Dem)
Flick Drummond MP (Con)
Baroness Blower (Lab)
Dan Carden MP (Lab)
Chris Law MP (SNP)
Patrick Grady MP (SNP)
Ian Byrne MP (Lab)
Virendra Sharma MP (Lab)
Hoda Ali, Co-Founder, the Vavengers
Rose Caldwell, CEO, Plan UK
John Kirkland, Chair, Diversity in Development
Gwen Hines, CEO, Save the Children UK
George Graham, Chief Executive, Humanity & Inclusion UK
Girish Menon, CEO, StiR Education
Celia Dignan, (Interim) Chair, Send My Friend to School Coalition, UK
Kitty Arie, CEO, Results UK
Mark Sheard, CEO, World Vision UK
Dr Faith Mwangi-Powell, CEO, Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage
Catherine Gladwell, Chief Executive, Refugee Education UK
Rob Williams, CEO, War Child UK
Adam Bailey, ONE Senior Campaigns Manager, UK & Ireland
Dhieu Mayom Deng
Anzal Abbas Jaffar
Ngimou Victorine Nchokuno
Seme Luate Cons Lomoro
Jonatan Balle Svendsen
Maryam and Nivaal Rehman
Dương Phương Anh
Zoé Elkær Nicot
Shaikha Khalid Al-Shaibi
Inas El Aidi
Armel Azihar Sly-vania
Sadie Rose Ball
Olivia Du Preez