Learning For All
Once children are in school, the next challenge is to ensure that they are actually learning to read, write and count, and acquire the life skills they will need to become productive members of society.
A teacher assesses a student's early math skills
It is a priority for the Global Partnership for Education to improve the quality of education for children worldwide.
In GPE’s 2012-2015 Strategic Plan, the 3rd objective aims for:
“A dramatic increase in the number of children learning and demonstrating mastery of basic literacy and numeracy skills by grade 3”
But many factors contribute to limiting the quality of the education that children receive, and hence their learning: lack of textbooks, overcrowded classes, absent children and teachers, poor use of classroom time, parents unable to monitor homework, lack of use of mother tongue, developmental delays due to lack of early childhood interventions, inappropriate or insufficient learner assessment and limited teacher skills.
Why we focus on learning
By mobilizing GPE partner countries, donors, international organizations, the private sector, and civil society partners, GPE aims to generate action to improve children’s early skills in primary schools. Our focus is on reading, math and life skills.
Reading: The ability to read is the most basic aspect of knowledge sharing. It is the basis for further learning and has become a key indicator in assessing the quality of education children receive at the primary school level. It is a core value of education policy worldwide to ensure that all children get the knowledge and skills to live healthy, productive lives. GPE’s goal is to halve the number of non-reading children in early grades in at least 20 of our developing country partners. Read more
Math Education: Many of GPE partner countries perform poorly in international mathematics achievement comparisons because of the challenges they face in providing early grade math education to children. Basic numerical and mathematical skills are critical for an individual’s life success. Low numeracy skills are associated with substantial costs to the society at large. GPE’s goal is to collaborate with our partners to research, better understand, and develop targeted interventions to develop and improve early grade mathematics education. Read more
GPE partners commit to the following: