Boris Johnson has been accused of hypocrisy after he announced at the G7 Leaders 'Summit that it would provide £ 430million in additional funding to the UK for girls' education in 90 developing countries - just weeks after his government did "Inexcusable cuts " of over £ 200million in funding earmarked for the same cause this year.
Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said announced in April thatit provided just £ 400million of Britain's main aid budget for girls' education in 2021, up from £ 600million in 2019. Johnson dismissed stories of aid cuts and their consequences , as "leftist propaganda," but refused to hold a House of Commons vote on the issue.
The additional £ 430 million over five years announced on Friday is part of a regular UK contribution to the multilateral Global Partnership for Education (GPE). The UK is hosting a summit for the fund alongside Uhuru Kenyatta, the President of Kenya, in London in July.
The summit aims to raise 5 billion over the next five years, and aid experts have said they hope the UK will then contribute £ 600million to the summit. The summite lesser, announced by Johnson during the first data link session G7 in Cornwall, represents 12% of funds requested for GPE. The agencies pointed out that since 2006, the UK has provided an average of 19% of total funding to GPE.
Although the agencies have welcomed the UK's contribution United, they said they feared Johnson's efforts to persuade other countries to rise to the challenge of this and other development challenges have been hampered by his failure to show concern. example by reducing the overall aid budget by at least £ 4 billion in 2021.
In announcing the money, Johnson said : "It is a source of international shame that every day in the world, children overflowing with potentialare denied the chance to become titans of industry, scientific pioneers or leaders in any field, simply because they are women, their parents' income or where they are born.
"I call on other world leaders, including those here at the G7, to donate too and put us firmly on the path to doing so. 'bring more girls into the classroom, address the terrible setback in education globalization caused by the coronavirus, and help the world build back better. "
Laurie Lee, Managing Director of Care International UK, said: " The Prime Minister was right when he said it is a 'moral outrage' - and a serious obstacle to economic growth - that millions of girls around the world are denied an education. Care has a successful history of life changing girls' education funded by the UK government.ique, in places like Somalia, Yemen and Syria where girls 'education is most transformational. It is therefore inexcusable, as well as deeply sad, that we must cut girls' education programs in 2021 due to damaging and non-strategic cuts to the Foreign Ministry. , UK Advocacy Officer at One, said the £ 430million "doesn't meet what is expected of the summit co-host, so it has to be the preface to the summit. 'story, not the conclusion.
"Announcing this while the G7 leaders are in Cornwall is a sign that the UK is looking to leverage its influence diplomatic to encourage others. Yet 25% cuts in the budget to aid girls' education undermine these efforts and call on others to step up their efforts ing on hypocrisy. "
In cFollowing government secrecy and the relabeling of aid spending into new thematic categories, the precise level of cuts in girls' education is controversial.
Since GPE's inception in 2002, it has contributed to the largest expansion of primary and lower-secondary education in history, putting 160 million more children in school. In countries where GPE works, the number of girls in school has increased by 65%. Almost a third of girls who drop out of school do so because of pregnancy, another area where the UK is downsizing.
The G7 foreign ministers meeting in May adopted the UK goal of educating 40 million more girls and 20 million more girls to read by the age of 10 over the next five years. next years.
L 'Italie and European countries The Commission has pledged 25 million euros and 700 million euros respectively to GPE.