ActionAid Head of Advocacy Ms Charlie Matthews, commenting on the International Development Committee’s call for more global investment in education, said:
“ActionAid welcomes this call to prioritise education, which is a vital tool in the global fight against poverty. Women and girls in the world’s poorest communities stand to benefit the most from improved access to school.
“Millions of girls around the world do not have access to education, with those living in poverty facing the greatest barriers. Girls are shut out because of school fees, prioritisation of boys’ education, inadequate sanitation facilities and violence such as early child marriage and FGM preventing girls from attending schools.
“Britain has a strong record of supporting women and girls through investment in education and ActionAid calls on all parties to maintain that global commitment. Education is the key to a girl’s future, from learning the skills she needs to earn money, to gaining the knowledge to protect herself from disease or exploitation — education gives girls the power to make decisions about their own life.”