Benefits of education

Education is one of the most important investments a country can make in its future. GPE supports lower-income countries to ensure that every child receives a quality education.

Education is a powerful agent of change, and improves health and livelihoods, contributes to social stability and drives long-term economic growth. Education is also essential to the success of every one of the 17 sustainable development goals.

GPE helps partner countries transform their education systems to ensure that every girl and boy can get the quality education they need to unlock their full potential and contribute to building a better world.

A great education...

Starts early

Early childhood education prepares children for future learning

41% of children are enrolled in pre-primary education in GPE partner countries

Means great teachers

An effective teacher is the most important factor in a student’s learning

67 million more children have access to quality teachers since 2002

Is equal for girls and boys

Keeping girls in school benefits them and their families, communities and countries

2X the number of girls are on the path of gender equality

Leads to learning

More children than ever are in school, but too many don’t learn enough

70% of partner countries with data improved learning outcomes between 2010-2015 and 2016-2019

Is based on data

Without accurate data, it is impossible to know how many children are not in school or are not learning

89% of GPE grants supported EMIS and/or learning assessment systems in 2020

Is backed by a strong system

GPE transforms education systems to increase the number of children who are in school and learning

160 million more children are in school in GPE partner countries

Leaves no one behind

GPE supports countries to build equitable and inclusive education systems where all children can learn in a safe and healthy environment

US$379M in GPE funding supported activities promoting equity, gender equality and inclusion in 2019

... and can change the world!

When access to education and learning grows, the ripple effects on communities and countries are remarkable

  • 420 million people would be lifted out of poverty with a secondary education
  • A child whose mother can read is 50% more likely to live past the age of 5
  • One additional year of school can increase a woman’s earnings by up to 20%