The year 2020 has been unlike any other in our lifetime: a devastating health crisis turned into an economic crisis leading to the biggest global education emergency the world has ever faced.
In this unprecedented year, when the coronavirus pandemic shut 1.6 billion children out of school and widened the learning gap between rich and poor, the Global Partnership for Education worked in innovative ways to shore up education for the world’s most marginalized children.
As countries around the world began closing their schools in March, GPE gave UNICEF a $8.8 million grant to help governments kick-start planning for remote learning, communicate important health messages and help children struggling with mental health issues.
And that was only the beginning.
The largest COVID-19 education response
In April, GPE created what would become the world’s largest COVID-19 emergency education fund, mobilizing more than US$500 million to keep children learning.
The fund made 66 grants for a total of $467 million targeted at people and places most in need — girls, children with disabilities, poor children — and sustaining learning for as many as 355 million children.