Education has been identified as a key condition for ensuring peace and helping communities prevent and cope with conflict. Rebuilding education systems after war builds trust and accountability with governments and literate people are more likely to participate in the democratic process and exercise their civil rights.
In Burkina Faso’s volatile Sahel region, schools have been targeted by Islamic extremists, resulting in low enrollment and completion rates. To alleviate tensions, GPE and partners have been mainstreaming Franco-Arabic schools in Muslim-majority areas of the country.
In Somalia’s Puntland region, GPE has helped the Ministry of Education strengthen capacity, improving the quality of teaching and learning through teacher training, producing learning materials, and providing scholarships to reduce financial barriers to access education. Enrollment rates have increased from 41% in 2011/12 to 58% in 2015/16.
5. Education for partnerships
Governments cannot achieve the SDGs alone. Cross-sectoral problems that span national borders require collaborative solutions. Partnerships have proven to be the most effective way to achieve strong development outcomes.
GPE remains dedicated to improving education in developing countries in partnership with donor countries, international organizations, development banks, private sector companies, philanthropic foundations, civil society organizations and teacher associations.
The partnership model actively contributes to the mobilization and alignment of donor financing behind national education plans that are based on needs assessments and evidence-based policy making. GPE has mobilized more than US$7 billion for education, creating better opportunities for millions of children, their communities and their countries.
To further collaboration and partnership, GPE has recently launched two innovative funds to accelerate progress toward SDG 4. Education Out Loud, managed by Oxfam IBIS with an allocation of US$55.5 million from GPE, is the largest fund in the world dedicated to support civil society capacity building and engagement in education policy processes. With a budget of over $75 million, the Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX), is the largest fund solely dedicated to meet global public good gaps in education. It connects the expertise, innovation and knowledge of GPE partners to help developing countries build stronger education systems.