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In the previous funding round, the UK was the single biggest donor government.

The GPE is chaired by Julia Gillard, former prime minister of Australia.

“It’s not donor governments saying, ‘Here’s a big load of cash’. We require developing countries to increase their spending and to sign up to plans to which they can be held accountable,” she told the BBC before the conference.

“We can show from our work that change is possible.”_75832484_022739486-1

The latest figures on children missing out on school, published by Unesco on Thursday, show the scale of the challenge.

The international community had set a millennium goal that all children around the world would have access to a primary school by 2015 – but the updated figures show this target is likely to be missed and that progress has stalled.
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Unesco’s monitoring figures show there have been major advances in 17 countries, including Morocco and Nepal – reducing the number of out-of-school children by 90%.

But overall there has been little progress since 2007, says Unesco, with more than 30 million children in sub-Saharan Africa without any education.

‘Sound the alarm’

This has been exacerbated by a soaring population and Unesco’s report says that of those currently missing out on education in sub-Saharan Africa: “Most of these children will never start school and those who do are at risk of dropping out.”

Unesco warns of “critical gaps” in education for older pupils, with tens of millions of youngsters who have dropped out or never started school.

There are reports of projects that have worked, including providing cash transfers for poor families in Nicaragua to cover school costs.

Ghana has doubled education spending and almost doubled school enrolment since the beginning of the century.

Vietnam is commended for improving the quality as well as the availability of education. It now outperforms many Western countries in Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) tests.

“These countries face very different circumstances but all share the political will to bring about real change in education,” said Ms Bokova._75832490_022091770-1

But the overall picture remains challenging.

As well as failing to keep the millennium pledge to provide universal primary education, there have been deliberate attacks on education, including the abduction of schoolgirls in Nigeria.

“We must sound the alarm and mobilise the political will to ensure that every child’s right to education is respected,” Ms Bokova said.

Refer By : http://www.bbc.com/news/education-28025786