The UK government has pledged $15 billion in aid to education spanning 10 years until 2015. This was announced by UK Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon Brown during his visit to Mozambican schools where he also met President Armando Guebuza, Nelson Mandela, former president of the neighbouring South Africa, and his wife Graca Machel.
School children from Mozambique and the UK, representing the Global Campaign for Education joined Mandela and Machel to demand Brown and other world leaders keep their promise to get every child into school and take urgent action to solve shortage of teachers.
The GCE, a global coalition of teacher unions, child rights activists, development organisations and international NGOs including ActionAid, welcomes Brown's announcement and the UK's commitment to provide long term funding for education in the country.
"This pledge is welcome but we should not forget that on current rates of progress African children will wait another 150 years to enter the school gates," says Gorgui Sow, GCE spokesman in Africa.
"In order to plan ambitiously African governments need a guarantee of long term predictable aid from all rich countries. The world will only achieve education for all if there are enough motivated and well-trained teachers and this costs big money."
Response from Kailash Satyarthi, President of GCE
"This announcement gives hope that the millennium promises made in 2000, that all children will have the opportunity to attend school, will be kept. But other rich countries need to follow the UK lead, otherwise this will not happen.
"We should not forget that on current rates of progress, children from poor countries will wait another 150 years to enter the school gate. In order to plan ambitiously, governments need a guarantee of long-term predictable aid from all rich countries. The world will only achieve education for all if there are enough motivated and well-trained teachers and this costs big money."