That’s why GPE is mobilizing to respond to partners’ needs and providing financial and technical support to governments to deal with this emergency. Aligning behind government priorities and leadership as well as sharing information and experiences are paramount to reach the children most in need.
Kick-starting response and recovery
As a first step to ensure resources are quickly available to the countries that need them most, GPE has partnered with UNICEF to provide $8.8 million in emergency funding to kick-start education responses and address urgent priorities in 87 countries.
UNICEF country offices will start receiving funding as early as next week to help governments coordinate response planning, communicate around safe school operations, share knowledge and build capacity for this and future health crises.
Education ministries will be able to use this support for a variety of activities, such as preparing continuity of learning programs, providing vital information on handwashing and other preventative measures, setting up counselling to support students’ mental health and launching campaigns to prevent stigma and discrimination about the virus.
Rallying our partnership
We must act urgently to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic on children in developing countries.