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Declaration on Girls' Education:
Recovering from COVID-19 and Unlocking Agenda 2030

London, May 5, 2021

I. Impact of COVID-19 on learning and girls education

1: The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on women and girls has been disproportionate and profound. We, the G7, share a commitment to placing gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls at the heart of our work to build back better.

2: Nowhere is our resolve stronger than in addressing the global set-back in girls' education:

3: With less than 10 years until the SDG4 target date of 2030, the global advances in girls' education and gender equality since 2000 must not be squandered. Recalling the 2018 Charlevoix Declaration on Quality Education for Girls, and the 2019 Joint Communiqué of the G7 Ministers of Education and International Development, we are sounding a rallying call to national governments and the global community to work together, as never before, to help support formal and non-formal education systems recover COVID-19 losses. We reaffirm our collective belief that:

4: Recognising that time-bound targets help to galvanise international action, we call upon the international community to adopt and rally behind two new, ambitious SDG4 milestone objectives, which will serve as benchmarks in our efforts to reach all children by 2030. We call on the international community to join forces to deliver:

5: At the forefront of our efforts will be the most marginalised and vulnerable girls, most at risk of being left behind – whether on account of poverty, disability or the effects of conflict, displacement, and natural disasters. While our milestone objectives concern low and lower-middle-income countries, we recognise these factors also affect girls in upper-middle-income countries, who merit continued support.

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II. Delivering our 2026 girls' education objectives: political commitment

6: In pursuit of these ambitious objectives, we intend to work in collaboration with developing country partners, multilateral institutions, civil society, girl-led groups, and youth leaders, to remove the obstacles to education that stand in girls' way [footnote 1]. We want to empower girls to lead change, including in peacebuilding and in efforts to tackle the climate crisis. In particular, we commit by 2026 to:

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III. Delivering our 2026 girls' education objectives: the resources to do the job

7: To transform these political commitments into concrete and sustainable action, we commit to play our fullest part in mobilising the financial and technical resources to deliver a coherent and concerted international education effort. We also call on national governments in developing countries to protect domestic spending on school education – from pre-primary, to primary and secondary education – in the face of competing financial demands.

We will strengthen efforts by 2026 to:

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  1. This includes: promoting gender-responsive teacher training and recruitment; bridging the gap in access to safe, quality education for children living through emergencies and protracted crises – including refugees, internally displaced, and girls affected by the accelerating climate crisis and increased gender-based violence due to COVID-19; and increasing targeted support for children with disabilities while strengthening education systems to be more inclusive – including improving the availability of accessible learning materials, the supply of assistive technology and training teachers in inclusive pedagogy.

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Source: Gov.UK

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