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APPG Global Education for ALL

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Global Education for All is a group of UK parliamentarians from both Houses and all parties, who have come together to support strong UK action on achieving the Education for All goals.

This is not an official website of the House of Commons or House of Lords. It has not been approved by either House or its committees. All-Party Parliamentary Groups are informal groups of Members of both Houses with a common interest in particular issues. The views expressed in these webpages are those of the group.


Website update

This website is currently not being updated as we adapt it to the new format required under the 2015 Parliamentary rules. We are making this accessible as an archive of the past work of the APPG, and hope to have the newly reformed APPG on Global Education for All’s current site up and running soon.


3rd March - "Early Childhood Development: A chance for all children to meet their potential"

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Growth monitoring in Buyuni, Tanzania. Credit: Daniel Hayduk / RESULTS

On Tuesday 3rd March, Rt Hon Annette Brooke MP and the APPG on Global Education for All hosted an event to discuss the importance of prioritising Early Childhood Development in developing countries in order to improve children's health, nutrition and learning, and ultimately help to end poverty and achieve Education For All.

A full summary note of this event is now available here.

Slides presented by Prof Sally Grantham-McGregor and Prof Martin Woodhead are available to download here.

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 The panel (L-R): Prof. Sally Grantham-McGregor, Dr Isabella Swai, Annette Brooke MP, Prof. Martin Woodhead, Dr Rachel Hinton


Reflections on the launch of DFID’s new ‘Disability Framework’

This blog was first published on the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) website by Lord Low of Dalston CBE, Vice-Chair of the APPG on Global Education for All and President of the International Council for Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI).

On 3rd December - International Day of Persons with Disabilities - I was fortunate to chair an event in Parliament at which the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for International Development, Baroness Northover, launched the UK Department for International Development (DFID)'s first ever 'Disability Framework'. This is a crucial step forwards in ensuring that persons with visual impairment are included and prioritised in future development efforts.

The event was organised by the Bond Disability & Development Group, a coalition of UK-based mainstream and disability organisations, and alongside the DFID Minister, we heard excellent speeches from Fiona O'Donnell MP (member of the International Development Committee), Dr Ray Lang from Leonard Cheshire Disability, Vladimir Cuk, who leads the International Disability Alliance, and it was also the first public engagement for Beverley Warmington, in her role as DFID's new 'Senior Managerial Disability Champion'.

Panel - for APPG website

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Global Education Facts

In 2012, 58 million children of primary school age were out of school, half of them in conflict-affected countries. This number has decreased from 100 million in 2000.


63 million young adolescents around the world are not enrolled in primary or secondary school.


More than four out of ten out-of-school children will never enter a classroom.


250 million children are not learning basic skills, even though half of them have spent at least four years in school.


An additional 1.6 million new teachers need to be recruited to achieve universal primary education by 2015. In around a third of countries, less than 75% of primary school teachers are adequately trained.


In 2012, 25% of children under five suffered from stunting, and around half the world's children had access to pre-primary education.


774 million adults are illiterate - a decline of just 1% since 2000. Almost two-thirds are women.


The UK is one of the largest bilateral donors to basic education, and the largest contributor to the Global Partnership for Education.


In June 2014, Developing Country Partner Governments pledged $26 billion in increases to domestic financing for education. Donor countries pledged $2.1 billion to the Global Partnership for Education fund to support them.



Statistics from UNESCO Education For All Global Monitoring Report and Global Partnership for Education.