Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced Canada will double its annual contribution to provide education for children, and especially girls, in developing countries. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, he said Canada will contribute $180 million to the Global Partnership for Education for 2018-2020.
“Canada is committed to making sure young people around the world, especially girls, get the education they deserve,” said Trudeau in a news release. “A quality basic education is one of the most important things we can do for children, and the path forward to a more gender equal, peaceful, prosperous world.”
Schooling for poorest, most vulnerable
The release goes on to say the pledge will provide targeted support for girls’ education and help strengthen education systems in developing countries. It adds Canada has long supported the partnership which helps provide education for children, especially the poorest, most vulnerable and those living in fragile or conflicted-affected countries.
Trudeau made the announcement with global education advocate Malala Yousafzai sitting beside him. As a student she was shot by the Taliban while on her way to school in Pakistan. She has worked tirelessly to promote education for girls and has won a Nobel Peace Prize. Yousafzai has been made an honourary Canadian citizen.