We are excited to share news of an up-and-coming education initiative aimed at providing access to quality secondary education for girls worldwide. Connect to Learn, a collaboration between the Earth Institute, Ericsson, Millennium Promise and Madonna, grants students three-year scholarships to secondary schools and sets up mobile broadband technology to connect their classrooms to a 21st century education.
Next week, ONE’s Executive Director Sheila Nix will be in Iowa to moderate an expert panel discussion at the World Food Prize Symposium, an event that honors those who have advanced human development by improving the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.
I’m here in New York, participating in the Global Fund’s replenishment meeting, and it’s been a busy morning with donors from the north and south making pledges to the Global Fund over the next three years. I’ll send along a detailed analysis from ONE’s perspective at the end of the day, but I wanted you to hear some major news from us first: The U.S. has just announced that it will pledge $4 billion over the next three years.
Ambassador Eric Goosby, head of the U.S.’ AIDS programs, said on behalf of the Obama Administration: