Help ensure all children have access to basic education

In 2010, World Bank President Robert Zoellick pledged to increase financing for basic education by $750 million. He rightly said the additional money was needed to assist countries most off-track, in particular in sub-Saharan Africa, to achieving MDG2. MDG2 aims to ensure that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling by 2015.

Sadly, the World Bank has not yet delivered that $750 million. In addition, the World Bank has recently changed the formula it uses to track its funding, which means that they actually announced a decrease in funding to 2010.

The World Bank Spring Meetings happening April 20-22 provides an opportunity to change that story. Finance Ministers from the Bank’s member countries will be there to discuss the many challenges and opportunities for reaching global development goals. Let’s make sure that funding for basic education is at the top of their agenda.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is Canada’s Governor for the World Bank. He can help open the door for out-of-school children. And so can you!

Please join me in asking Minister Flaherty to insist that the Bank make good on its promise to the 67 million children still out-of-school, and ensure that the World Bank deliver the $750 million promised for basic education.

Our friends at RESULTS Canada and others have raised this issue with World Bank staff, but to make change happen Minister Flaherty needs to hear from you.

Your voice matters. Please write to Minister Flaherty today.
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