Teaching and learning

GPE helps partner countries close the learning gap and supports governments to invest in quality teaching and effective learning.

Significant gains have been made since 2000 in access to primary education globally, but how much children learn in school remains a major challenge. An estimated 274 million primary school children worldwide are not learning the basic foundational skills necessary to lead productive and healthy lives.

Teachers are central to the learning process and play a critical role in improving learning outcomes. Beyond any other school-based factor, teacher effectiveness has been found to be the most important predictor of student learning.

Improved and more equitable learning outcomes for all are at the heart of GPE 2020

Our results

93% of active GPE grants invested in teacher development in 2016, 76% in learning materials, 67% in learning assessment systems, and 52% in teacher management
93%
of active GPE grants invested in teacher development in 2016, 76% in learning materials, 67% in learning assessment systems, and 52% in teacher management
238,000 teachers received training thanks to GPE support in 2016, compared to 98,000 in 2014
238,000
teachers received training thanks to GPE support in 2016, compared to 98,000 in 2014
1.6 billion textbooks have been distributed with GPE's help in partner countries
1.6
billion textbooks have been distributed with GPE's help in partner countries
US$8.9 million allocated by GPE to education sector planning and analysis in developing countries in 2016
US$8.9
million allocated by GPE to education sector planning and analysis in developing countries in 2016

Sources

GPE in action

While a modern hangar is being constructed, children attend the catch-up classes in the old classroom.

While a modern hangar is being constructed, children attend the catch-up classes in the old classroom.

Credit: UNICEF CAR/2015/KIM

Goal 1 of the GPE 2020 Strategic Plan aims to provide: “Improved and more equitable student learning outcomes through quality teaching and learning.”

To strengthen the teaching profession and improve learning outcomes, GPE:

Strengthens sector planning

Through education sector plan development grants (ESPDGs), GPE provides governments with technical and financial support to conduct a sector analysis and develop the plan through a participatory and inclusive approach. Together with partners, GPE developed the Methodological Guidelines on Education Sector Analysis to strengthen government knowledge for evidence-based planning and to encourage ownership and use of results.

GPE has placed learning at the center of its strategic plan for 2016 – 2020 and is implementing programs and strategies to support improved teaching and learning. GPE is monitoring the partnership’s progress via 4 indicators in its results framework that measure the improvement of learning outcomes, the quality of learning assessment systems, and the availability and distribution of trained teachers.

Highlights

A Cambodian school girl is mesmerized by the book she reads. Cambodia celebrated National Reading Day on March 11. Credit: UNICEF/Cambodia
March 15, 2019
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A student reads out loud from his textbook. The Gambia
February 21, 2019
The way that mother tongue based multilingual education has been offered may contribute to low parent demand in some settings. Using “bilingual education” instead may be a more positive way to...
School girls listen and write during class. Hidassie School. Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Credit: GPE/Midastouch
February 15, 2019
Ethiopia is the first of three pilot countries to launch a new system to improve learning assessments.