UK to host International Finance Facility for Education in London

Baroness Sugg, the UK’s Special Envoy on Girls Education, confirmed the UK's continued prioritization of girls' education at the United Nations’ (UN) High-Level Political Forum. At the event, she announced that London will host the soon to be launched International Finance Facility for Education (IFFEd). The UK, along with the Netherlands and Multilateral Development Banks, have already committed to funding the IFFEd, which aims to provide an innovative new financing mechanism for raising funds for education in middle-income countries. Suggs called on other donors to provide financial support for the IFFEd.

Suggs also highlighted the devastating impact of the COVID-19 crisis on education, noting that 1.3 billion children – of which 650 million are girls – have been out of primary and secondary education as a result of the pandemic. She outlined key elements of the UK's education-related response to COVID-19, explaining that the UK has:

  • Adapted and reprioritized education programs in 18 countries to support education systems and keep pupils safe during the pandemic;
  • Provided additional funding to the Department for International Development (DFID) and the World Bank Education Technology hub to expand remote learning at this difficult time; and
  • Committed an additional £20 million (US$25 million) funding to the United Nations International Children's Fund (UNICEF) and an additional £5 million (US$6 million to Education Cannot Wait, to keep vulnerable children in fragile situations safe.

Press release - UK government