GPE in action
Within the GPE results framework, two indicators highlight the impact GPE seeks to achieve in ECE. GPE supports governments to improve access to quality early learning opportunities by:
Supporting ECE sector planning and analysis: Education sector plans should include an ECE component, and development partners will take this into consideration when endorsing the plan.
- Jointly with UNESCO, UNICEF, and the World Bank, GPE has designed guidelines on education sector analysis.
- BELDS – a joint initiative by GPE and UNICEF, strengthens countries’ capacity to effectively plan, develop, and implement quality ECE programs.
- Along with UNESCO, UNICEF, and the International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP-UNESCO), GPE has developed a new online course - Mainstreaming early childhood education into education sector planning. This course offers an introduction to the concepts, processes and tools countries need to ensure that pre-primary education is successfully mainstreamed into their education planning cycle.
Mobilizing and delivering financial resources: Through its grants, GPE supports increased financing to ECE in partner countries and promotes domestic and international investments in ECE across the partnership. ECE components in GPE grants can go up to more than US$20 million.
Expanding ECE enrollment: GPE supports partner countries' initiatives to launch new laws, policies, public awareness campaigns and financial incentives to increase the number of children in pre-primary education.
Promoting quality learning in ECE: GPE supports quality ECE programs including system level investments in management and planning; policy guidelines and service standards; training pre-primary teachers and facilitators; building and rehabilitating classrooms; establishing early learning assessment systems; distributing learning materials; and supporting parent education and community-based early learning programs.
Supporting ECE in countries affected by fragility and conflict: GPE prioritizes helping children whose learning has been compromised because of fragility and conflict and aims to ensure practical solutions in these settings.
Exchanging knowledge and innovation: KIX’s discussion paper on ECE maps existing knowledge in ECE, highlights gaps and opportunities, and consolidates existing tools and research, making this information easily accessible to partner countries.