This blog was also published by Oxfam Ibis
Developing country governments across the globe have made impressive strides to extend quality education to more of their children. And while these governments are always at the center of those efforts, their job is tougher when they go it alone.
That’s why governments often rely on national and international civil society organizations that help with the enormous and essential task of strengthening their education systems. Civil society partners can play a formative role in shaping education policy that will better serve a wide range of communities, especially of the most vulnerable and marginalized populations. They can also help build public support for the government’s long-term education plans and monitor how the government is keeping up with the commitments in those plans.
This is the need Education Out Loud, the Global Partnership for Education’s new advocacy and social accountability fund, intends to meet. Education Out Loud, which is managed by Oxfam IBIS, supports greater involvement of civil society groups in building strong and sustainable education systems.
With an allocation of US$55.5 million from GPE, Education Out Loud is the largest fund in the world dedicated to support civil society capacity building and engagement in education policy processes.
Education Out Loud is building on a strong foundation
Education Out Loud was born of the need to accelerate progress toward the ambition of the fourth Sustainable Development Goal: to educate all the world’s children by the year 2030.
Partnership is at the heart of GPE’s approach to strengthening national education systems, and we’ve seen how civil society’s collaboration with government is fundamental to promote the principle of mutual accountability. That’s been the guiding principle behind Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF), financed by GPE, which has for 10 years supported national education coalitions in 62 countries.
The rich experience of CSEF-funded initiatives has informed Education Out Loud, which will provide increased support for a diverse range of actors including national organizations working at the community and grassroots level in GPE developing partner countries, as well as transnational civil society alliances.
Oxfam IBIS is the GPE grant agent for Education Out Loud, bringing a track record of more than 50 years of civil society support in the education sector. Education Out Loud will build on Oxfam IBIS’ extensive experience of transforming education so learners can actively participate irrespective of their socio-economic status, and where students learn about their rights, democratic values and how to be active citizens by influencing policy makers.