Education Secretary Leonor Briones emphasized the importance of investing in schools, particularly teachers, as part of recovery efforts from the pandemic.
Speaking at the Global Education Meeting (GEM) 2021, the DepEd chief called for the renewal of commitments to prioritize education investment in the post-Covid world.
“We should adhere to the principle of shared responsibility to increase our education financing,” Briones said.
“I believe that investing in our schools, especially our teachers, is one of the vital forces behind global education recovery and a catalyst to education transformation,” she added.
Co-hosted by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) and the Government of Paris, GEM 2021 aims to create a global political momentum to raise the profile of education and its investment imperative, adopt the Paris Declaration to renew national and international leaders’ commitment to education investment, and accelerate progress toward UN Sustainable Development Goal 4 on quality education.
Previously, Briones highlighted the significance of financing in improving regional and international benchmarks for SDG 2030 indicators during the Ministerial Segment of 2021 GEM last 13 July.
According to the latest GEM report, addressing the gaps in education financing requires policy actions in financing, efficiency and equity.