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The Global Partnership for Education, a worthy and capable initiative to promote education in 65 low-income countries, is having what the jargon of development assistance calls a "replenishment round," meaning that it is asking donor governments to refill its coffers.When it comes to education, many countries in the West are more interested in building walls and detention camps than schools.The GPE does excellent work promoting primary education around the world.Far from seizing this opportunity to make up for lost time, Europe and the U.S. have provided consistently meager assistance for primary and secondary education, even as they have made high-profile commitments such as Education for All and Sustainable Development Goal 4, which calls for universal access to preprimary through secondary school.Consider the grim data on development aid for education, which has stagnated for years – and actually declined between 2010 and 2015 . According to the most recent OECD data, total donor aid for primary and secondary education in Africa amounted to just $1.3 billion in 2016 . With around 420 million African kids of school age, total aid amounted to roughly $3 per child per year.A year of education in Africa requires at least $300 per student.
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