Developing Countries: Primary Education

Department for International Development written question – answered on 22nd October 2019.

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Photo of John Mann John Mann Chair, Treasury Sub-Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what effect UK overseas development assistance has had on the take up of primary education over the last 10 years.

Photo of Andrew Stephenson Andrew Stephenson Assistant Whip, Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

The UK is a leader in global education. Between 2000 and 2018, the global number of children out of primary school dropped from 100 million to 59 million. The biggest proportion of bilateral UK Aid education spend (35%) is for basic education and between 2015 and 2019 UK Aid supported 14.3 million children to gain a decent education, including at least 5.8 million girls.

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