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Aid to education

In addition to foreign policy, diplomacy and trade, Global Affairs Canada (GAC) administers foreign aid programs in developing countries.

Canada’s new feminist international assistance policy promotes gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls.

In an effort to better support equal educational opportunities for women and girls in developing countries, Canada:

  • Supports programs and advocacy efforts that help women and girls get the skills training and education they need to succeed. 
  • Works to ensure that school facilities are welcoming spaces that respond to the specific needs of girls. 
  • Supports programs and partners that help those who have missed out on the opportunity to complete a quality education. 

In 2015, top recipients of Canadian aid to basic education were: Afghanistan, Senegal, Bangladesh, Mali and Mozambique.

Canada and GPE

“Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Development, Canada. Credit: GPE/Heather Shuker
Education is vital to the empowerment of women and girls and the eradication of poverty. It provides them with a real and fair chance at success while fulfilling their full potential. Canada’s investment in education projects with multilateral organizations, such as GPE, and bilateral support is helping millions of youth pave the way for a better future for all.
Marie-Claude Bibeau
Minister of Development, Canada

Canada is the alternate board member of the Donor 3 constituency on the GPE Board. The United Kingdom is also a member of this constituency. Canada sits on the Finance and Risk Committee.

Last updated February 27, 2018