This video presents “Solutions for the UN MDG #2: Universal Primary Education” (Millennium Development Goal – MDG – # 2):

Here is a letter from Jennifer Slawich of Make Poverty History Campaign urging Canadians to:

  • send a letter to Minister Flaherty, which can be accessed in Slawich’s letter below:

In 2010, World Bank President Robert Zoellick pledged to increase financing for basic education by $750 million. He rightly said the additional money was needed to assist countries most off-track, in particular in sub-Saharan Africa, to achieving MDG2. MDG2 aims to ensure that all boys and girls complete a full course of primary schooling by 2015.

Sadly, the World Bank has not yet delivered that $750 million. In addition, the World Bank has recently changed the formula it uses to track its funding, which means that they actually announced a decrease in funding to 2010.

The World Bank Spring Meetings happening April 20-22 provides an opportunity to change that story. Finance Ministers from the Bank’s member countries will be there to discuss the many challenges and opportunities for reaching global development goals. Let’s make sure that funding for basic education is at the top of their agenda.

Finance Minister Jim Flaherty is Canada’s Governor for the World Bank. He can help open the door for out-of-school children. And so can you!

Please join me in asking Minister Flaherty to insist that the Bank make good on its promise to the 67 million children still out-of-school, and ensure that the World Bank deliver the $750 million promised for basic education.

Our friends at RESULTS Canada and others have raised this issue with World Bank staff, but to make change happen Minister Flaherty needs to hear from you.

You can make a difference! Click here to send a letter to Minister Flaherty.

Your voice matters. Please write to Minister Flaherty today, and forward this note to your friends.

Thank you for taking action on this urgent issue,

Jennifer Slawich
For the Make Poverty History Campaign

Above, Unicef's map of primary school net enrolment/attendance ratio (2000–2006)

Above, Unicef's map of primary school net enrolment/attendance ratio (2000–2006)

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