Former British prime minister Gordon Brown, a co-convenor of the High Level Panel on Education, released a report this week calling for the establishment of an independent global fund for education, to raise the $16 billion needed each year to reach the goal of universal primary education by 2015. “Despite the known impact that it can have on pulling individuals, families and nations out of poverty, education remains low on the international agenda,” a statement by the panel said, “making the promise made to millions of the world’s children increasingly likely to be broken.” The Brown report, titled Delivering on the promise, building opportunity: The case for a Global Fund for Education, relies on many of the findings of the 2011 Education for All Global Monitoring Report. It calls for a new fund that “builds on the considerable achievements” of the Education for All Fast Track Initiative (recently renamed the Global Partnership for Education), which it nevertheless says “has not been successful in galvanising new funding.”
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