For far too long, education has not been enough of a global priority. In the last decade alone, international development donors have spent proportionately less on education — while significantly increasing aid to global health.

Access to good quality schools is just as important as access to quality healthcare. Yet for some reason, donors have not made the same level of commitment to education.

One reason for this may be that donors are often focused on funding programs that can achieve quick measurable results. In health, for example, aid programs that provide children with vaccines or bed nets can be implemented within weeks or months. And the results are often visible shortly after.

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