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Donors pledge $1 billion to Pakistan for education

Saturday - 3/29/2014, 12:45pm  ET

Former British Prime Minister and U.N. special envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, right, and Governor of Pakistani Punjab province Chaudary Muhammad Sarwar, center, stand for the national anthem during an education conference in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, March 29, 2014. Brown said the world community will give about one billion dollars to Pakistan during the next three to four years to help its efforts aimed at providing education to millions of boys and girls who are missing education. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says international donors have pledged to provide Pakistan with about a billion dollars over the next three years to help it provide education to millions of out-of-school children.

Now a United Nations special envoy on global education, Brown said Saturday in Islamabad that the global community will partner with Pakistan in financing the biggest education expansion in the country's history.

Pakistan recently doubled its education budget, from two to four percent of its gross domestic product.

Brown says the goal is to provide education to more than 55 million people over ten years old who are illiterate in Pakistan.

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