Speaking during the Prime Minister’s statement on the G20 Summit in Argentina, Martin Whitfield MP asked Theresa May to confirm the commitment from the G20 – and particularly the UK – to achieve the global target for all girls to have access to a quality education by 2030.

In reply, the Prime Minister said that the UK is one of the countries that is putting significant resources from its international development funding into the whole question of girls’ education, and it will continue to do so.

Speaking after the statement, Martin Whitfield MP said:

“Increasing educational opportunities for girls is one of the biggest global challenges facing world leaders and the key to tackling poverty.

“While significant progress has been made over recent years, and the UK has been a strong supporter of these steps forward, there is still a long way to go to give all girls equal access to education.

“Some 130 million girls are still out of school while around 15 million girls of primary school age will never even enter a classroom. 

“There are a wide variety of complex barriers in different parts of the world to not only getting girls into school but also ensuring they are provided with a quality education.

“The UK Government’s international development funding makes a vital contribution to removing these barriers. It is vital we maintain our commitment to providing education for all by 2030.”