Joined-up efforts at global and country levels
The Global Education Coalition, launched by UNESCO and joined by GPE, has been working closely with countries to monitor school closures and raise investment in remote learning solutions, including best practice models for distance teaching and learning, that ensure continuity in access to quality education.
GPE has mobilized rapidly to provide financial and technical support to partner countries, including
- US$8.8 million to support countries to kick start an education sector response to the pandemic, including supporting response planning, coordination, and knowledge sharing
- US$250 million to help countries cope with mitigating and recovering from the impacts of the pandemic. This includes US$25 million for regional and global activities, including coordination.
In partner countries, ministries of Education are enlisting the support of a broader ecosystem of education actors - including NGOs and CSOs in both the education and public health, nutrition and social protection spheres as well as academia, private sector foundations and the business community.
In some cases, governments are negotiating large scale connectivity partnerships with telecom providers, mobile operators, and other companies for the very first time. Without these, there will be insufficient capacity to support distance teaching and learning at the level needed.
Leading education systems in such unprecedented times is challenging
Many voices are vying to be heard, country situations are changing rapidly and the need for rapid response and agility can generate a strong temptation to circumvent established dialogue and coordination structures. It is critical for ministries of Education to maintain a steady hand, coordinate multiple efforts effectively and direct the flow of engagement quickly to areas in greatest need.
For these reasons, the education response efforts must empower country leadership, including more collective, collaborative forms of leadership that mutualize resources and responsibilities and reinforce country capacities to the extent possible.