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DFID's response to the global learning crisis examined

28 March 2017

International Development Committee concludes its oral evidence sessions for its major inquiry into DFID's work on education. The Committee first hears from Dr Shannon May, Co-Founder of Bridge International Academies, an international chain of low-fee private schools operating in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, which has received significant financial support from DFID and the UK's Development Finance Institution, CDC.   


Tuesday 28 March 2017, Wilson Room, Portcullis House

At 9.10am

  • Dr Shannon May, Co-Founder, Bridge International Academies

At 9.45am

  • Rt Hon Lord Bates, Minister of State for International Development
  • Anna Wechsberg, Policy Director, Policy and Global Programmes, Department for International Development

Purpose of the Session

The Committee then questions Lord Bates, Minister for International Development, on how DFID is responding to the global learning crisis.

It will look at how DFID is supporting efforts to get the 260 million young people currently out of school around the world into education and training, including the very poorest children, girls, children with disabilities, and those caught up in emergencies.

The Committee addresses the Department's commitment to global education, its support for governments and approach to low-fee private schools, its commitment to multilateral financing and the balance of funding between different levels of education, from pre-primary to tertiary.

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