encyclical Pope Benedict writes: “The current crisis obliges us to replan our journey, to set ourselves new rules and discover new forms of commitment, to build on positive experiences and to reject negative ones” (Report, July 10).
One such positive initiative is the global fund to fight Aids, TB and malaria launched by the G8 in 2001, which has already saved four million lives.
Building on this positive experience Archbishop Tutu, Mohammed Yunus and other leaders have sent an open letter to the G8 calling for them to announce an agreement to launch a fully resourced global fund for education by the end of the year in order to provide coordinated international aid to basic education.
“Education,” they say, “can leverage huge returns in women and children’s health, nation and peace-building, and global economic development.” It is to be hoped that the Government will support this call in its Education for Development strategy on global education (promised by the end of 2009).
At this time of financial crisis it is more imperative than ever that the world community provide the “safety net of knowledge” to the world’s poorest children and save them from paying with their lives for our financial mistakes.
Yours faithfully, GILLIAN PRICE St Elizabeth’s Centre, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire