GPE's Board of Directors Meeting, in Dublin on December 6-7, 2018. Credit: GPE/Liang Cai
December 07, 2018
Statement by Julia Gillard, Board Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, at the closing of the GPE Board meeting in Dublin, Ireland on December 6-7, 2018.
GPE CEO Alice Albright met with students at the Presentation Primary and Presentation Secondary Schools Warrenton in Dublin, Ireland. Credit: GPE/Alexandra Humme
December 07, 2018
On the margins of the GPE Board of Directors Meeting in Dublin, Ireland, GPE CEO Alice Albright visited a school and met with students.
Through the lens of education
May 16, 2017
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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 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.

Ciarán Cannon, Minister for the Diaspora & International Development, Ireland. Photo credit: GPE/Heather Shuker
Ireland places great importance on education as a catalyst for development. Ireland will more than double its contribution to the Global Partnership for Education. Our pledge is a statement of our confidence in GPE and its work in delivering quality education for those children most in need.
Ciarán Cannon
Minister for the Diaspora & International Development, Ireland

Ireland and GPE

Ireland is the alternate board member of the Donor 4 constituency on the GPE Board. Finland, Norway and the United Arab Emirates are also part of this constituency.

Ireland was a co-sponsor of the first GPE replenishment conference in Copenhagen in November 2011. Ireland also hosted the Board of Directors' meeting of December 2018 in Dublin.

Last updated January 25, 2019