Aid to education
In Ireland, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) is responsible for Irish ODA. Irish Aid, the Irish Government’s official aid program, lies with the Minister for Foreign Affairs. The Development Cooperation Directorate, a Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs, is responsible for administering the Irish Aid program.
The Irish Aid’s 2008 Education Policy guides Ireland’s support to education. Since its establishment Irish Aid has given priority to education in recognition of the key role it plays in poverty reduction.
The main priority areas for development cooperation in education include: access, quality, gender equality, and strengthening public education systems. The key focus areas include: teacher education, curriculum development and systems of assessment.
According to the Irish government, 70% of all expenditure on education is in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2015, the top five recipients of Irish aid to basic education were Uganda, South Africa, South Sudan, and Kenya.
The Global Campaign for Education has praised Ireland for being a role model in terms of the quality of its aid to education, since its closely linked to national education sector plans.