Global Partnership for Education contributes additional $2.9 million to bolster basic education in Puntland
A student in Somalia writes on the blackboard. Credit: UNICEF / Hana Yoshimoto
UNICEF / Hana Yoshimoto

New grant brings to $13 million GPE support to the state in 2020

Garowe, Puntland, Somalia. November 11, 2020 – Through an additional $2.9 million grant to UNICEF Somalia, the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) has renewed its commitment to enhancing access and improving the quality of basic education for crisis-affected children in Puntland.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the new funding will play an integral part in supporting the Puntland Ministry of Education, UNICEF and partners to increase equitable access to education, improve the quality of education and strengthen education management systems in Puntland. The new $2.9 million contribution brings GPE's funding to Puntland to a total of $13 million for 2020, including $8.8 million to support the education sector and $1.3 million for COVID-19 response in the state.

"GPE's support for educating children in Puntland is more critical now than ever before," said Alice Albright, CEO of the Global Partnership for Education. "Families, schools and governments are struggling to cope with the impact of the pandemic. This funding will help get more children in school and learning."

"The continued support from the Global Partnership for Education has provided us an extraordinary opportunity to safeguard our children, particularly the most vulnerable ones, and give them a chance to learn," said Bashir Jama Mohamed, Acting Minister and Vice Minister of Puntland Ministry of Education and Higher Education.

The additional allocation is designed to support 22,500 vulnerable girls and boys affected by the crisis. This assistance will complement ongoing work and provide basic education in areas affected by food insecurity and drought, where schooling has been severely disrupted, and children's nutritional status is poor.

The funds will help the Puntland Ministry of Education, UNICEF and partners to improve learning conditions in the schools, train teachers and mobilize, enroll and retain children in school. They will also support the Ministry in strengthening schools' leadership and community capacity to make schools safer for girls and boys, including children with disabilities.

"Every girl and boy, everywhere, has the right to attend school and learn," said Jesper Moller, UNICEF Somalia Representative a.i. "This new funding will not only help to give more children the opportunity to go to school but also equip them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in life."

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About the Global Partnership for Education (GPE)

GPE is a shared commitment to ending the world’s learning crisis. We mobilize partners and funds to support 76 lower-income countries to transform their education systems so that every girl and boy can get the quality education they need to unlock their full potential and contribute to building a better world.

GPE recently launched a $5+ billion financing campaign, “Raise Your Hand”, to help transform education systems in up to 87 countries, which are home to more than 1 billion children.

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About Puntland Ministry of Education and Higher Education

The Ministry of Education and Higher Education for Puntland is responsible for the development and delivery of education services in the state. This includes policies on education, curriculum development, and national examinations at all levels of education, certification, supervision of schools and all educational institutions, monitoring and evaluation. The work is aligned with Puntland’s Education Sector Strategic Plan as well as the national development plans.

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UNICEF works in some of the world’s toughest places, to reach the world’s most disadvantaged children. Across 190 countries and territories, we work for every child, everywhere, to build a better world for everyone. For more information about UNICEF and its work for children, visit

For more information, please contact:

Eva Hinds, Communication Manager, UNICEF Somalia, @email, +252 613642635

Mohamed Ali Farah, Director General, Ministry of Education Puntland Ministry of Education and Higher Education, @email, +252743319491

Tamara Kummer, Media Lead, Global Partnership for Education, @email , +33 7 82 26 07 18

A student in Somalia writes on the blackboard. Credit: UNICEF / Hana Yoshimoto
UNICEF / Hana Yoshimoto
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