CLARITY ON THE 2021 GLOBAL EDUCATION SUMMIT

Written by  MBC Online
The Ministry of Education says President Dr Lazarus Chakwera is duty-bound to attend The 2021 Global Education Summit (GES) in London.
Mussa: "The President needs  to attend the summit" Mussa: "The President needs to attend the summit"
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The Ministry provides the rationale for its position in a statement signed by Secretary For Education, Chikondano Mussa.
 
Herewith is the full statement:
 
Global Summit Overview
 
The 2021 Global Education Summit (GES): Financing Global Partnership for Education (GPE) 2021-2025 is being co-hosted in London by the President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta and the UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson on 28-29 July 2021. 
 
This is a key moment for the global community to come together and support the provision of quality education for all children in the world. A central feature of the summit will be the ambitious pledges from donors to help the GPE to reach its target of at least $5 billion over 5 years, along with commitments from GPE partner countries on domestic financing for education.
 
His Excellency, Dr Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera will be attending the summit upon invitation by the Co-hosts, President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and the UK 
Prime Minister, Boris Johnson alongside several Heads of State and countries as an in-person attendance Summit. Within the Summit, His Excellency, the President, other Heads of State and Bilateral and Multilateral Corporations have in-person roundtable panel discussion sessions.
 
Among other things, during the Summit, His Excellency, Dr Lazarus Chakwera will pronounce Malawi’s domestic financing commitment to the education sector with over 20% of public expenditure excluding debt being allocated to the education sector.
 
His Excellency as well as the Honourable Minister of Education will also be part of various panel and roundtable discussions highlighting Malawi’s priorities and plans for equitable quality education. 
 
The Global Education Summit will benefit Malawi in leveraging International Education Grants that will support basic education. Due to the economic downturn occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative for Malawi to keep an optimal level of education financing, and the Summit provides such a prospect.
 
Furthermore, this will be an opportunity for the Government of Malawi to align itself with regional and global coordinating mechanisms in realising Sustainable Development Goal number 4, which is to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all”.
 
Background of GPE support to Malawi 
The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is the largest global multilateral fund dedicated to education in developing countries. The GPE aims to strengthen 
education systems in developing countries to dramatically increase the number of children who are in school and learning.
 
The GPE is particularly important in driving spending on basic education. The UK is currently the largest bilateral 
donor to the GPE. 
 
Malawi has been a recipient of GPE funding since 2010 (US$ 90million Fast Track Initiative Catalytic Fund in 2010-2014; 
 
US$ 44.5million 2016-2020, Malawi Education Sector Improvement Project; and US$10million grant, 
 
Accelerated funding on COVID-19 Response May 2020 to November 2021), 
 
 Malawi is in the process of applying for new funding (US$ 57 million from GPE of which US$ 48.7 million has already been approved by the GPE Board) for the Malawi Education 
Reform Programme (2021-2025). 
 
Some of the results from the GPE support include:
 
a) Improvement in Pupil-Teacher Ratio in the lower grades of standards 1 and 2 by 35%. This means that the number of teaching personnel in basic education has increased significantly; 
 
b) Reduction in repetition rates in standards 1 to 4 by 9.7%, as a result of improved foundational skills for learners in early grades hence improving  internal efficiencies and has increased participation and retention in 
education of the school-age going population in Malawi; 
 
c) Decongestion of large class sizes through the construction of 4,781 classrooms;
 
d) Increase in the number of teaching personnel through training and Recruitment of 23,550 teachers through Open and Distance Learning;
 
e) Resumption of learning and better management of schools during the COVID-19 pandemic through training of over 74,500 teachers in remedial lessons, COVID-19 prevention measures; and
 
f) Raising awareness on COVID-19 prevention measures in schools and their surrounding communities.
 
Broadly, the main objectives of the London Global Education Summit are to: 
 
(i) Fundraise US$5 billion for GPE, to which Malawi is a beneficiary country; and
 
 (ii) Confirm commitments from developing countries to protect pre-COVID levels of domestic expenditure on education, and work towards allocating 20% of national expenditure on education. The President is going to make this pledge in line with the projected Medium-Term Expenditure Framework (MTEF) of the economy.
 
We wish the President all the success at the Summit as we reposition Malawi in line with the Global Ambitions on Education - Leave No One Behind.
 
Chikondano C. Mussa
SECRETARY FOR EDUCATION

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