Australia and education aid | Global Partnership for Education



Earlier this month, GPE CEO Alice Albright visited Japan and Australia to meet with partners and discuss how best to collaborate in the context of the upcoming GPE replenishment.
At the Development Policy Centre in Canberra, Australia, Alice Albright, CEO of GPE discussed the importance of focusing on education to build strong economies and ensure sustainable development.
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Aid to education

In Australia, foreign aid policy is led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, along with the Minister for International Development and the Pacific. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is in charge of development activities.

Australia’s education programs are guided by the “Strategy for Australia’s aid investment in education 2015-2020”.  

Investments in education focus on four strategic priorities:

  • Getting the foundations right: participating in early childhood development
  • Learning for all: improving learning outcomes and improving the quality of education
  • Universal participation: with a particular focus on including girls and children with disabilities
  • Skills for prosperity: improving access to high-quality, post-secondary education and training

The top five recipients of Australia’s education aid are: Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Vietnam and Bangladesh.

Australia and GPE

Australia is the alternate Board member of the Donor 6 constituency on the GPE Board. JapanKorea, and the United States are also members of this constituency. Australia also sits on the Strategy and Impact Committee.

Australia’s 2015-2020 education strategy highlights investment in the Global Partnership for Education, noting the importance of GPE supporting children in conflict-affected countries.

Last updated May 16, 2017