Feb 19, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

The international global community has pledged $2.7 billion to support the Global Partnership for International Education (GPE), an international education fund. 

The fund supports 65 developing countries to ensure basic education for every child.

At the September 2017 UN General Assembly, world leaders gathered to support education--specifically to fund GPE. According to the UN, young people in countries suffering from war or disaster, especially women and girls, face an illiteracy rate three times higher than average. 

On February 1 and 2, Macky Sall, Senegal's president, and Emmanuel Macron, France's president, hosted the GPE Financing Conference. Rihanna, GPE's Global Ambassador also attended.

At the event, donors pledged over $2.3 billion to support the initiative.

President Macron pledged $248 million from France to support the fund. 

In an article on Africa News, he said, "We want to commit, and this is why today we need solid, firm commitments, in order to reach this 3.1 billion that President Macky Sall mentioned, for our Global Partnership for Education. So, in light of this, France will make a simple and clear commitment."

Rihanna said, “This is what we’ve wanted all along. We’ve made tremendous progress today but of course, our work is never done, we have a long way to go, and this is a fight that we’re never gonna stop fighting until every boy and every girl has access to education.” 

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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