“Around the world, hundreds of millions of children are either not receiving basic schooling, or are attending schools but not learning,” wrote Malawi President Peter Mutharika in a recent article published on the Project Syndicate website. Mutharika was one of the co-conveners of the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, which brings together world leaders to mobilize support for solutions to improve educational access.
In the article, Mutharika said that Malawi has increased education spending from 12.5% of the total domestic budget in 2010 to 21% in 2015. He noted, however, that there are limits to how much economically struggling countries such as Malawi can do on their own. He added that support from wealthier partner countries and global institutions is essential for further progress.
“Educating every child is a moral imperative and thus a universal responsibility,” Mutharika concluded. “In today’s interconnected world, challenges and gains in low-income countries do not remain local.” To learn more, read the full article.