The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered an education emergency of unprecedented scale. In developing countries, which were already facing a learning crisis before the pandemic, 771 million children are cut off from schools.
GPE has quickly mobilized more than US$250 million to support partner countries with planning and implementing their response to the pandemic.
GPE is committed to working across the partnership to promote coordinated responses that are country-driven, aligned behind government priorities, and to share information and experiences.
As of May 28, 10 grants have been approved for US$125 million and 38 proposals totaling US$385.7 million are under review.
5 additional countries have expressed their intention to apply for the grant before the end of May for a total of US$19.9 million.
7 countries have also expressed their interest to apply for the grant in June for a total of US$25 million.
|Country||Amount (US$ M)||Date submitted||Date approved||Grant agent|
|Rwanda||10||April 21||April 28||World Bank|
|Zambia||10||April 24||May 5||UNICEF|
|Ghana||15||April 29||May 11||World Bank|
|Mozambique||15||April 30||May 14||UNICEF|
|Malawi||10||April 30||May 15||UNICEF|
|Somalia (Federal Government)||5.4||May 1||May 28||Save the Children|
|Pakistan||20||May 4||May 28||World Bank|
|Madagascar||15||May 5||May 28||World Bank|
|Papua New Guinea||9.44||May 5||May 28||UNICEF|
|Tanzania||15.16||May 5||May 28||SIDA|
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COVID-19 task team established
WHO declares COVID-19 a pandemic
By March 16
1/3 of GPE partner countries have closed schools nationally
US$8.8 million announced for UNICEF to help 87 countries with COVID-19 response planning
By March 30
UNICEF country offices in 87 countries receive GPE planning grant
Guidelines published for accessing COVID-19 accelerated funding window
64 of 68 partner countries have closed schools nationally
Rwanda submits grant application for COVID-19 funding
First tranche of US$25 million global/regional grant application approved for UNICEF, UNESCO and the World Bank
Zambia submits grant application for COVID-19 funding
Grant application for Rwanda approved
Grant application for Zambia approved
Grant application for Ghana approved
Grant application for Mozambique approved
Grant application for Malawi approved
Grant applications for Somalia (Federal Government), Pakistan, Madagascar, Papua-New-Guinea and Tanzania approved
On April 1, GPE unlocked US$250 million to help developing countries mitigate both the immediate and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on education. This came just three weeks after the outbreak was declared a pandemic.
GPE’s COVID-19 fund will help sustain learning for up to 355 million children in 67 countries, with a focus on ensuring that girls and children from the poorest families, who will be hit the hardest by school closures, are not left behind.
Of the $250 million window, US$25 million has been set aside to support global and regional coordination, learning and knowledge sharing, such as developing shared teaching materials. It is expected that additional funding will be required to meet the needs in all 67 countries.
On March 25, GPE provided US$8.8 million to UNICEF to kickstart education systems’ response to COVID-19. The funds are supporting 87 developing countries to:
- plan and coordinate their education systems’ responses
- develop communications around safe school operations
- share knowledge and build capacity for the current and future pandemics.
Resources for partner countries
Eligible countries can find more information on the GPE accelerated funding for COVID-19 in these documents: