​​​​​The Global Partnership for Education​ (GPE), the only multilateral partnership devoted to getting all children in the world's poorest countries into school for a quality education, has appointed former Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard to be the new Chair of its Board of Directors.

“I am delighted to take on this new role with the Global Partnership for Education,” Gillard said. “I believe that with 57 million of the world’s children still lacking access to a basic education and 250 million children unable to read, write or master simple math, there can be no higher priority. 

As Australia’s Prime Minister from 2010 to 2013 and throughout her career in public office, including as Minister of Education, Gillard distinguished herself as a passionate and effective champion for education. In October 2013, she was named Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Center for Universal Education by the Brookings Institution in Washington, D.C.

In her new role with the Global Partnership for Education, she will advocate to get out-of-school children in some of the world’s poorest countries in school for a quality education.