Declaration: civil society organizations are optimistic about the replenishment of education funding
The organizations participating in the Dakar Financing Summit have issued a joint Declaration in which they celebrate the significant progress of the countries gathered in Dakar to finance the right to education.
The most important commitments of the conference were those of the developing countries, which added approximately 30,000 million dollars, in additional financing. In addition, the European Union, the United Kingdom, France, Canada, Sweden, Denmark and Norway add a promise of funding that reaches almost 1,800 million dollars. The new Member State of the AME, United Arab Emirates (UAE) will also support an initial contribution of 100 million dollars. The total amount pledged by donors in this replenishment period exceeded 2,000 million dollars. Although this amount is much higher than promised in 2014, it does not reach the goal set by the AME for the next three years, which aims to reach 2,000 million dollars a year by 2020.
On the promises of partner countries in development, even with the significant commitments established today, is not enough to overcome the educational crisis. Worldwide, 264 million children and young people are still out of school, the majority of whom are girls, and 617 million children are in school, but fail to learn the basic skills, due to the scarcity quality of the education they receive. More funding is urgently needed to ensure that SDG 4 is reached on time. Achieving a real breakthrough in the financing of education will require significant internal resources; and that requires social justice. The flows of illicit financing, tax evasion and avoidance, as well as harmful tax incentives, must end. On this, Croso said: “The key to financing education is social justice.” The president of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, argued energetically about the event: “There is money available in the continent to finance education for this goal, but we must eliminate corruption and illicit financial flows.”
The Norwegian delegation at the conference increased its current contribution by 40% and also, as its delegate said: “committed to increase support to countries with the will to expand their tax base”. Support for various levels of progressive tax systems is fundamental for sustainable global development and for the achievement of education for all.
Now it is the turn of civil society to commit to follow-up on promises in the next three years. We must see these funds arrive where they are most needed, and ensure that they are spent sensitively to improve inclusion, equity, and quality in public education systems.