Aid and Lego to help children in poverty
Some 90 percent of the worlds poorest children have an opportunity to go to school
The trade and development minister, Mogens Jensen, has revealed he intends to increase the amount of aid earmarked for educating the world’s poorest children by 100 million kroner to 400 million kroner in 2015.
Jensen’s pledge will be officially unveiled at the Global Partnership for Education in Brussels, a conference that will today aim to promote the 2015 goal of providing education for all children across the world.
“Every child has a right to education, and we are pleased that 90 percent of the world’s poorest children have an opportunity to go to school,” Jensen said in a press release.
“But we still need to get 57 million kids in school, and we need to improve the quality of the education of hundreds of millions of other children who are still learning too little.”
Private companies are also among the co-operators in the global partnership. Among them is Lego Education, which works with the global partnership to provide better education to poor children across the world.
”Lego Education is an obvious partner in the efforts to educate the world’s children and yet another good example of how we can utilise private companies in our development work,” Jensen said.
“And it’s a good example of us contributing something that we are really good at in Denmark, which is learning though play and creativity.”
Lego Education – an independent subsidiary of Lego – has built a classroom at the conference showing off innovative learning products, which demonstrates how education can take place even under difficult circumstances.
The Global Partnership for Education aims to raise over ten billion kroner from donors at the conference.