A multi-donor fund
In 2008 a multi-donor fund, the General Education Quality Improvement Program (GEQIP), was set up to better align donor resources with the country’s education priorities. Considered among the most aligned funding programs in Africa, GEQIP has encouraged donors to channel their aid to the priorities identified in Ethiopia’s education sector plan. The approach has avoided fragmented bilateral donor activities and the wasteful duplication of resources.
Since 2008, GPE grants totaling US$368 million have supported education reforms through GEQIP to improve the quality of teaching and learning in Ethiopia’s 40,000 schools.
GPE’s support to Ethiopia focuses on interventions that are essential to improving the learning environment—training teachers, providing effective learning materials, and developing relevant curricula. The quality of teaching was improved by strengthening pre-service teacher education; in-service teacher training, including career development; and monitoring teacher performance.
As a result of these interventions, nearly 300,000 teachers received in-service training, and over 100,000 teachers completed pre-service training during 2013-2018 —this was much higher than GEQIP’s initial target.
GPE and partners are also contributing to achieve the target of one textbook per student. Over 170 million textbooks, teacher guides and supplementary materials have been distributed to schools. To promote equity among different population groups, textbooks are available in seven local languages, and in braille.
These textbooks are aligned to the new school curriculum, which aims to narrow learning gaps, and respond to learning needs. Designed to be responsive to international economic developments, democracy, and gender equality, the new curriculum has been implemented simultaneously across all grades.