To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact of the reduction in Official Development Assistance spending on education on the Prime Minister's ability to use the G7 to support global education.
2 June 2021
2021 is a year of UK leadership on the world stage, including on girls' education. Meeting under the UK Presidency, G7 Foreign and Development Ministers endorsed two new, global, SDG 4 milestone targets on girls' education on 5 May - 40 million more girls in school by 2025 in low and lower-middle income countries; and 20 million more girls reading by age 10, or the end of primary school in low and lower- middle-income countries by 2025. We are calling on the world to help deliver these objectives, working in partnership with developing country partners, multilateral institutions, civil society, girl-led groups, and youth leaders. The Prime Minister is calling on G7 Leaders to re-endorse our two targets in the Leaders' Communique, and to make ambitious financial pledges to the Global Partnership for Education.
The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) will spend a total of £400 million on girls' education in this financial year. This very substantial sustained investment of UK ODA is only one of our tools in achieving our ambitions.