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By the numbers: Overseas aid for primary schooling fails

The amount of overseas aid given by the world’s biggest donors to education in impoverished countries has been revealed in a Unesco report

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The amount of overseas aid donated to pre-primary and primary education by the world’s biggest donors has fallen by almost 5 per cent.

According to a Unesco policy paper on aid for education published last month, France, the Netherlands, European Union institutions and the World Bank all donated less to “basic education” in 2013-15 – the most recent period for which figures are available – than they did in 2008-10.

Unesco’s report defines “basic education” as “support to pre-primary and primary education, as well as adult education and literacy programmes”.

However, the UK and the US have ...

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