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Save the Children's reaction to the outcome of the first ever global donor conference for education

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Jasmine Whitbread, CEO of Save the Children, said: "The commitments made today are equal to 1 million more children able to go school, but they still leave another 76 million without an education. It is a small step forward.

This outcome has sent a warning shot across the G8, and particularly for the poor performers, notably US, Japan, Germany, France and Italy. These donors must now also deliver their fair share of aid.

Whitbread continues: "But that's not all we're judging the success of the conference by. We welcome the unprecedented recognition shown today of the importance of education for children living in conflict affected countries - children who make up half of all those out of school"

For more information, including photography, case studies and interviews with spokespeople, please contact: Kate Dancy at Save the Children Media Unit: 0207 012 6863.

Notes to Editors:

Save the Children launched Rewrite the Future in 2006. Over the next five years, Save the Children will ensure that three million out-of-school children in conflict-affected countries enter school by 2010 and, at the same time, improve the quality of education for five million more.