Education for all in Niger: Rich countries continue to neglect Africa's children
On 25 March senior aid officials will meet in Paris to take decisions that will dramatically affect the lives of millions of children around the world in countries like Niger. The government of Niger is committed to tackling the education crisis in a country where 1.3 million children have never been to school. But rich countries have so far failed to deliver on their promised increase in financial support to Niger and the other countries that have qualified for the Education For All Fast Track Initiative. A failure by donors to act decisively now will be a disaster for Niger and for efforts to meet the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015.