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Stop the setback: Addressing the girls' education financing gap after COVID-19

By taking the steps for girls’ education, leaders can build a better world in the pandemic’s wake — not just for girls, but for everyone.

COVID-19 is creating a global education crisis. Millions of students haven’t been able to learn during the pandemic — and girls are the least likely to return to the classroom when it ends. To address this emergency, low- and lower-middle-income countries need to be able to invest in education at scale. However, they currently lack the fiscal space to do so.

At the 2021 G7 Summit, G20 Finance Ministers’ Meeting and IMF and World Bank Annual Meetings, leaders can create a $171 billion education stimulus to protect progress for girls’ education and ensure all students are able to return to school by cancelling debt, reforming tax policy, increasing aid and boosting countries’ liquidity.

Decades of research show that investing in girls’ education is one of the best investments we can make in the future peace, prosperity and sustainability of our planet. By taking the steps for girls’ education outlined in this report, leaders can build a better world in the pandemic’s wake — not just for girls, but for everyone.

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