At the Global Education Summit, the replenishment conference of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), on July 28 and 29, 2021, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez announced a contribution of at least €20 million (US$24 million) for the period 2021-2025.
Historically, Spain has been a strong supporter of GPE, having contributed US$355 million since its founding in 2002. Despite a five-year gap in contributions between 2014 and 2018, Spain remains the ninth-largest donor. In February of 2018, Spain pledged US$2 million to the GPE for its 2018-2020 replenishment.
Sánchez addressed attendees in a recorded video, making the case of the transformative power of quality, inclusive education, noting that Spain’s efforts will be primarily focused on girls education as well as on strengthening education systems in the Latin America and the Caribbean region.
GPE is a multi-stakeholder partnership between low- and middle-income countries, donors, multilateral and civil society organizations, foundations, and companies, founded in 2020 with the objective to give children and youth all over the world access to education. According to GPE, for the period between 2021 and 2025 US$5.0 billion is needed to support their work.