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 low-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.
op-ed \ ˈäp-ˈed \
: a page of special features usually opposite the editorial page of a newspaper
Either on your own or with a Results volunteer, write an op-ed about how girls’ education is one of the most transformative investments we can make to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Show how removing roadblocks and ensuring that girls can learn in a safe and supportive environment generates huge dividends for economic prosperity, gender equality, climate resilience, public health, and lasting peace and stability.
Use the anniversary of the Charlevoix declaration (June 9), the G7 Summit (June 11-13) or World Refugee Day (June 20) as a hook to emphasize how an educated girl will lift herself and everyone around her out of poverty and will lead change towards a more prosperous, just, and secure world.
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.
Use our instructions, tips, and resources below to get your op-ed published in the media.
Use examples of how education disruptions in Canada have impacted learning to shine a light on the growing inequalities that exist for millions of children around the world who don’t have access to quality education during the pandemic.
Why Canada must invest in maternal, child and newborn health worldwide
COVID-19 has exacerbated existing gaps in health care in low and middle income countries (LMICs), especially with regards to maternal, child and newborn health (MCNH).
Indeed the world is only as strong as its weakest health system. Currently, health-care systems are overwhelmed with the lack of personnel and resources because of this COVID-19 pandemic. Thus, there is probable likelihood that the prevalence of other pre-existing illnesses in LMICs, such as pneumonia, tuberculosis, diarrhea and malaria, will increase.
With the disruption of routine health services such as the lack of family planning commodities and sexual and reproductive health education, the focus on MCNH has shifted due to this pandemic. MCNH groups are disproportionately affected, particularly in poorer countries. Thus rates of teenage pregnancies and early, and forced marriage are at risk of rising because of the pandemic.
As a proportion of the economy, the current government’s record is the lowest in 50 years, continuing a two-decade downward trend across both Liberal and Conservative administrations. With 265 million people being pushed to the brink of starvation, 290 million children missing school, 47 million women lacking access to contraception and 13 million child marriages taking place during the pandemic, Canada’s determined intervention is imperative.
Scaling up Canada’s official development assistance (ODA) is urgently needed to reposition the country in the international arena, support a just global recovery from the COVID pandemic and enable Canada’s own recovery. ODA is a part of Canada’s investment in an equitable, more sustainable and safer world; one in which Canada and Canadians can prosper.
In 2015, Canada heralded a human rights-based Feminist International Assistance Policy (FIAP) that focuses on the most marginalized, including women and girls, and aims to deliver fundamental social, political, economic and environmental transformations toward a better world. The current pandemic requires Canada to ensure that its ODA levels match the ambitions of the FIAP, Agenda 2030, Paris Agreement on Climate Change and Canadian values for a more prosperous and just world for us all.
The ask overall: Canada must protect the health of women and children during the pandemic by investing $250 million over three years in the Global Financing Facility (GFF).
The ask for the audience to MP: Are you willing to contact your MP in order to write to the minister of finance in support of Canada investing $250 million over three years in the Global Financing Facility (GFF)?
Christine Saleeb, Feb 11 2021, The Hamilton Spectator