We are calling on the Irish government to use their influence at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to champion teachers, and also to ensure our own international tax policies do not unfairly divert funds away from essential public services like education.
Ireland has a proud track record of funding and promoting education across the world, changing children’s lives and the communities around them.
But this vital work is being undermined by advice given by the International Monetary Fund, which continues to put pressure on low-income countries to cut public sector wage bills.
Lowering public sector wage bills means fewer teachers, on lower pay – and therefore children, especially girls, are more likely to miss out on an education.
Help children get the free, quality education that is their right.
Dear Minister Coveney and Minister Donohue,
Global education is in crisis.
I am calling on the Irish government to challenge global education budget cuts, which are limiting the life chances of the world’s poorest children.
Ireland has had a welcome and progressive focus on education globally as the catalyst to delivering the sustainable development goals. Ireland must ensure that this policy is not undermined by the role of the IMF. The Department of Finance and Irish Aid, in their engagement with the IMF, should focus on policy coherence in relation to our development policy and engagement with the international finance institutions questioning in particular the logic and rationale behind promoting austerity policies. Ireland ought to carry out a gender and human rights impact assessment on austerity policies in the countries that we support through development aid.
Ireland should make a commitment to the goals of the UN’s 2022 Transforming Education Summit TES and support the actions for Track 5 Financing of Education. Ireland should continue to champion education in its aid budget.
Thank you for championing education.