Results Canada has been advocating for the government to invest CAD$500 million over five years to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) so that children around the world have access to quality education during and after the pandemic. It is disappointing that Canada only pledged CAD$300 million over five years at the recent G7 Summit. Canada can still lead in global education by topping off the GPE pledge at the Global Education Summit, happening at the end of July, and committing finances towards the Together for Learning campaign. Let's shift our focus to call on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Minister of International Development Karina Gould to top up Canada's investment at the Summit.
Our #RaiseYourHand campaign focuses on the education crisis caused by COVID-19 that threatens a loss of learning for an entire generation of children and highlights the barriers to education in lower-income countries. The pandemic has taken an especially devastating toll on girls’ education, threatening to derail progress made over the past 25 years. Prior to the pandemic, nearly 132 million girls were out of school and millions more were in school but not learning. Now, an additional 20 million girls who were in secondary school may never return once the pandemic subsides, with a damaging impact on their health, protection, and wellbeing.
Use your voice on social media to demonstrate the inherent power of girls and how their education is a tremendous engine of development. Bring attention to the upcoming GPE Replenishment in July 2021 as a strategic moment for Canada to pledge their support to increase global education financing so that millions of students can have access to trained teachers, more children including girls can go to school, early child marriage can be prevented, and more lives lifted out of poverty.
The ask: Canada must invest CAD$500 million over 5 years in the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) so that children around the world have access to quality education during and after the pandemic.
Consider including the children in your life as part of this social media action. Whether it is your grandchildren, a younger sibling or cousin, or a family friend, take action together to demonstrate your support for children’s education. Post your photo(s) on social media and tag your Member of Parliament (MP) and @ResultsCda.
You can also instantly let Canadian decision-makers know that you care by sending the ready-made tweet or Facebook post below.
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#DYK? 20 million girls that were in secondary school before #COVID19 may never return once the pandemic subsides, damaging their health, protection, and wellbeing. #RaiseYourHand with me for girls’ access to education ✋ @GPforEducation #Canada4Results #LeaveNoGirlBehind
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In the epicentre of the AIDS epidemic, Sub-Saharan Africa, HIV continues to disproportionately impact adolescent girls. Today, 5 in 6 newly infected adolescents aged between 15-19 in the region are girls. Yet the majority of these girls do not have knowledge about HIV prevention. Now, the #COVID19 crisis threatens to worsen these vulnerabilities.
I call on Canada to top up the investment in the @globalpartnership to CAD$500 million over 5 years so that children everywhere have access to quality education and especially for girls who face gender-specific barriers. @CanadaDevelopment @UNAIDS #Canada4Results #RaiseYourHand
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When posting on social media, be genuine and speak from the heart. People want to connect with other human beings online, so be yourself and it'll help you get your message across!
- Piera, Results Canada volunteer