Total aid to education declines to U$ 87 million

A new report has shown a decrease in the total aid to education across the world with Rwanda’s aid to the sector declining to U$87 million in 2014 down from U$129 million in 2013.

The report Global Education Monitoring (GEM) by United Nations education Scientific Research and Culture Organization-UNESCO released on Monday indicate that Rwanda’s aid per child declined to U$20 in 2014 from U$37 in 2013 after increasing from U$21 between 2002 and 2003.

Accordingly, experts had suggested that aid to education across the globe be increased at least six times in order to help countries to close the financing gap of $39 billion that is requires dot help countries meet the global 12 years of quality education for all by 2030.

“It is disheartening to see that international aid to education is going in totally the wrong direction,” said Aaron Benavot, Director of the Report on Monday.

Benavot who shows no optimism for the increase says the decrease will further progress in education extremely difficult, if not impossible.

“Yet the latest analysis shows that, rather than rising, levels of aid to the sector are 8 percent lower than they were in 2010,” he added.

While, Sub-Saharan Africa which accounts for half of world’s school dropouts saw its aid figures falling below US $1.5 billion in the year 2014, the report indicates.

But the country that has bolstered its education with Technical and Vocational Education Training-TVET gaining more momentum the funding will still be allocated to priority areas of the sector.

“Our focus on priority areas has led to a great success towards achieving our vision 2020 targets,” said Jerome Gasana, Director General of Workforce Development Agency-WDA.

According to the report indicates aid figures for education went down by almost US$ 600 million (4 percent) between 2013 and 2014 with the share of total aid being allocated to education also fell from 9.5 percent to 8.2 percent.

Total aid to education declines to U$ 87 million

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