June 18th, 2024

Canada needs to invest more in the Global Partnership for Education


By Letter to the Editor on June 3, 2021.

Editor:
In May, the Minister for International Development Karina Gould announced a $100 million investment in the Global Financing Facility for Women, Children, and Adolescents to protect the health of women, children, and adolescents. Investments like these are critical to strengthen recovery after the effects of the pandemic and should be applauded. It’s now time for another step. As COVID-19 continues to magnify the deadly divides in income, healthcare, and nutrition, there is an unprecedented crisis in education, with 1.6 billion students out of school at the height of the pandemic.
Half of those are still out of school.
Education is a prerequisite for all other global development. With only about one per cent of those living in the poorest countries vaccinated, it is urgent that Canada invest $500 million in the Global Partnership for Education so that children around the world have access to quality education during and after the pandemic.
Randy Rudolph
Calgary

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Southern Albertan

And here, in Alberta, we have the bungling Kenney UCP doing cuts to education. Education is key to healthy economies.