Let me start by thanking President Uhuru Kenyatta and Prime Minister Boris Johnson, for their commitment to the Global Partnership for Education.

This summit is an important reminder that the ongoing COVID pandemic must not reverse the gains made in education access and quality, particularly in Africa.

Globally, we still need to triple current spending in education to reach the Sustainable Development Goals target.

In Rwanda, we have worked hard to reach the 20% target of education expenditure, including an innovative national effort that built more than 22,500 classrooms in the last year.

This serves as a good foundation to do more and indeed much more is required of all of us.

For example, increasing spending efficiency alongside allocating higher amounts to education will ensure that all children are better prepared to lead more productive and fulfilled lives.

In addition, sustained investments in higher education are critical to nurture specialized knowledge and skills needed to grow our economies and accelerate development.

Rwanda looks forward to continued work with the Global Partnership for Education, and regional partners, towards the best learning outcomes.

I thank you and wish you a fruitful summit.