On top of supporting COVID-19 recovery efforts by allocating 61 grants worth more than US$457 million since April, GPE remains committed to working with governments and other partners to ensure that other emergencies caused by conflict or natural disasters don’t disrupt education for millions of children. Since last December, 8 countries have benefited from GPE’s accelerated funding.
GPE works to build resilient education systems to face future crises and foster long-term change. Our unique approach in crisis contexts is designed to encourage long-term planning and needs remain in focus as a partner country responds to an emergency, allowing countries the flexibility to adjust their allocations as a crisis evolves. Furthermore, GPE funding incentivizes close coordination between local humanitarian and development education groups, ensuring that funding to education helps governments meet urgent needs while also furthering progress towards their long term goals.
Commitments at the Global Refugee Forum
In December 2019, the global community came together for the first Global Refugee Forum and affirmed its commitment to supporting refugees. At the forum, the World Bank, the Global Partnership for Education and Education Cannot Wait announced a joint pledge to improve the coordination and financing of efforts in support of education for refugees and host communities.
GPE further announced US$250 million in accelerated funding to support education in countries experiencing humanitarian emergencies. The aim of this funding was to allow governments to protect education systems under stress, make progress to link displaced children to formal education opportunities, in alignment with the Global Compact for Refugees, and build capacity to respond to and prepare for future crises.
While partner countries experiencing a crisis are able to request up to 20% of their GPE grant allocation on an accelerated basis to address emergencies, this funding is additional to countries’ allocations, giving governments more resources to support critical measures such as building temporary classrooms, school meals and supplies, teacher payments and school grants.