It will do so by strengthening teacher training, especially for female teachers, and by providing early grade textbooks to children.
Better partnership, better results
The Government of Japan enabled PNG to access the GPE Multiplier-- in addition to a standard grant-- by bringing an additional US$10.5 million. Crucially, all the funding crowds-in behind the national objective of better learning outcomes by supporting a coherent national plan.
The more than US$20 million collectively invested by Japan and GPE isn’t a trivial amount. But national governments are by far the largest and most important education investors. This means it’s critical to support the national education plans, themselves robustly supported by a constellation of GPE partners.
In Papua New Guinea, this includes Australia DFAT and civil society organizations, including Save the Children Australia, the organization selected to manage and disburse GPE’s funding on the ground.
It also makes good financial sense. Japan, as a donor, unlocks more multilateral resources from GPE than would otherwise be available, and GPE leverages our scarce resources to mobilize more and better support for Papua New Guinea.
No single grant or innovation will transform any country’s education system. For one thing, there’s robust evidence that the gains from more inputs like textbooks are positive but ultimately limited.
Instead, our hope-- so far borne out in Papua New Guinea and elsewhere-- is that the Multiplier continues to bring new capital, partners, and innovations to bear, concentrating external support behind national priorities so that partner countries reap the rewards of more productive, equitable, and capable societies.