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The “Moral Imperative” to Improve Global Education Does NOT Include Monetizing

September 23, 2018

A recent Medium post by Peter Mutharika,  President of the Republic of Malawi, described the positive impact of NGOs funded by high-minded philanthropists like the Global Partnership for Education, who provided supplementary funding for public education in that country. He writes:

Since 2009, GPE funding has enabled Malawi to conduct long-term planning and data collection, and has brought domestic and international partners together for a common cause. GPE’s support has helped us build more facilities, overhaul our curriculum, improve access for girls, and train more educators.

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Malawi’s partnership with GPE has been transformative, which is why I am urging donor countries around the world to contribute generously to GPE at its upcoming financing conference in Senegal. By 2020, GPE aims to distribute more than $2 billion annually to help improve education in developing countries around the world.

Without GPE’s support, some 825 million young people risk being left behind without the education or skills to perform well in the workplace of the future. That could lead to growing unemployment, poverty, inequality, instability, and other factors that threaten not just individual countries or regions, but the entire international community.

What he doesn’t emphasize, though, is that GPE, overseen by the World Bank, is not interested in monetizing public education: it is interested in strengthening the government by supplementing the funding needed to ensure that its populous is well educated so that its economy can thrive. GPE invests in government funded education, and in so doing, not only strengthens the skills of students in the countries that benefit from the donation but also strengthens the governance of the country.

The World Bank may be complicit in the Global Education Reform Movement inasmuch as they place an emphasis on assessments, but at this juncture they are not calling for “market based” solutions. Instead they are looking to support government funded schools that provide free public education for all children on an equitable basis. THAT is a moral imperative in Malawi… and in our country as well.

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