The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is the only international organization focused on supporting developing countries’ efforts to educate children from early primary school through secondary school.
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Since 2003, GPE’s partners have helped to get nearly 22 million more children in school, including 10 million girls.1
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Thanks to the work of GPE’s partner organizations, 72% of girls in our partner developing countries now finish primary school. 20 partner developing countries have achieved gender parity in enrollments or have more girls than boys in school.2
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Since 2004, GPE funds have been used to build, rehabilitate and equip 52,600 classrooms, and to train about 300,000 teachers mostly in primary education.3
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GPE is not just about financing. More importantly, it helps all partners at the country level—developing country governments, donor governments, international organizations, civil society organizations/NGOs, and the private sector—work together to ensure that education aid is better coordinated and more effective, based on countries’ own education strategies. More on aid effectiveness
The GPE Strategic Plan for 2012-2015 prioritizes greater support for education in fragile and conflict-affected nations, improving reading and numeracy for children, and increasing girls’ access to education. More about our strategy »
Despite significant progress, 57 million primary-school-aged children worldwide were still out of school in 2011. Almost half (28.5 million) live in conflict-affected countries. 74% (42 million) live in GPE partner developing countries. 4
The Global Partnership for Education is comprised of close to 60 developing countries, as well as donor governments, international organizations, the private sector, teachers, local and global civil society organizations/NGOs, all devoted to helping children receive a good quality education.
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Estimation based on the increase in primary education enrollment between two consecutive school years after the country joined the partnership.
GPE compilation based on UNESCO Institute for Statistics data
Estimations based on data gathered from program documents, completion reports and grant applications compiled by supervising and managing entities.
28.5 million is according to the EFA Global Monitoring Report list of conflict-affected countries. 74% is according to the EFA GMR list of conflict-affected countries and the World Bank list of fragile countries.