GPE impact

Through the efforts of all GPE partners, millions of children, especially girls, are in school and learning

With GPE's support, partner countries have progressed in making their education systems stronger – through improved sector planning, more robust learning assessments and better data and monitoring tools.

GPE helps partner countries reach the most disadvantaged and marginalized children, increase domestic and external financing for education, improve the quality and availability of learning materials, and increase the number of qualified teachers.

GPE grants, along with the support from other partners, are giving millions of children the opportunity to learn, putting them on the path to reach their full potential.

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7 ways GPE achieves results


We build stronger education systems

GPE supports partner countries to strengthen their national education systems in order to increase the number of children who are in school and learning. Strong education systems can ensure that all children have access to quality education and can endure for future generations.

77% of children completed primary school in partner countries in 2016 compared to 63% in 2002

Education in time of conflict: South Sudan pursues quality education as peace moves forward
South Sudan’s civil war has taken a toll on the country’s education system. With a new peace agreement now in place, GPE continues to support the government to bring children back to school and provide them a quality education.


We work to put gender equality at the heart of education systems

GPE works to remove barriers that keep girls from school and promotes gender equality by funding gender-responsive strategies, collecting gender-disaggregated data and supporting governments to establish data systems to reveal inequalities.

67% of partner countries had as many girls as boys completing primary school in 2016 compared to 42% in 2002

Mauritania: Why Aichetou is still in school
Both of Aichetou's older sisters went to primary school when they lived in Arafat. Neither continued on to lower secondary school. In 2013, only 55% of girls moved on from primary school to lower-secondary compared to 61% of boys.
Bridging the gender gap in the Democratic Republic of Congo
Focusing on reducing the barriers to girls’ education, GPE is supporting the Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo to ensure more girls enroll – and stay - in primary school.


We help children who are hardest to reach, in particular those in conflict situations

GPE supports the countries with the greatest education needs, including nations with high numbers of out-of-school children and low school completion rates. Nearly half of GPE partner countries are affected by fragility and conflict.

US$5.3 billion in grants have been allocated since 2003 to reach the children most in need, including US$2.4 billion to partner countries affected by fragility and conflict

Going back to school in Yemen
In Yemen, the ongoing conflict and the devastating consequences of forced displacement, and damaged and occupied school buildings have disrupted the education of 2.4 million children.
How are students doing 5 years after the earthquake in Nepal?
Dipesh and Matisha are two young people whose lives and education were disrupted by the 2015 earthquakes. Find out where they are now and where they go to school.
Somalia-Puntland: A role model for other regions emerging from conflict
Despite facing long years of civil war and unrest, Puntland has made great progress in ensuring children can go to school and learn. This has resulted in the region becoming a role model for other countries emerging from conflict.


We support teacher training and better allocation of teacher within countries

Teachers are central to children's learning. GPE supports developing countries to improve the quality of education by ensuring all teachers are qualified, motivated, and well supported.

347,000 teachers were trained with support from GPE grants in partner countries in 2018

Zimbabwe: A chance for every child to learn
PLAP is a catch-up learning program for grades 3 to 7. It was launched in 2012 in Zimbabwe. Catch-up classes helps schools to address challenges faced by students on the spot.
Sierra Leone: The power of great teaching
The Ebola crisis that plagued West Africa in 2014-2016 had an unexpected consequence in Sierra Leone: the renewed discovery that providing the best teachers possible will ensure that children learn


Our partnership approach delivers greater impact

GPE's unique model brings together all education partners in local education groups in support of developing countries' priorities. Together, partners contribute at all phases of the education planning cycle, from sector analysis to evaluation. This inclusive approach strengthens the credibility and relevance of education plans and aligns partners behind the priorities outlined in the plan, ensuring reforms are strongly endorsed by all stakeholders.

100% of education sector plans assessed in 2018 met quality standards, compared to 58% in 2014/15

Kenya: Putting education at the center of development
Since 2005, the Global Partnership for Education has supported Kenya's impressive progress toward getting all children into school and learning.
Tanzania: Unlocking education progress through strong partnerships
In the lead up to its joint education sector review, the Government of Tanzania organized field visits in six regions of the country. What were some of the key take-aways?


We increase and improve financing for education

GPE creates incentives for partner countries to develop financially sustainable education sector plans, increase national budget allocations and improve the quality of education expenditure. Over time, partner countries have consistently shown that they increase domestic budgets dedicated to education at a faster pace than other developing countries.

GPE also advocates for more aligned and harmonized funding to ensure the impact is maximized, and that resources are allocated to the priorities outlined in the countries' education plans.

65% of GPE partner countries have maintained their education budget at or above 20% of public expenditure or increased their education budget in 2017

How the GPE Multiplier shifted incentives for better learning in Papua New Guinea
PNG's example demonstrates how the Multiplier mobilizes more funding, fosters partnerships, and reduces fragmentation—a more effective way to strengthen a country's education system.


We invest in data systems to monitor progress and drive better decision-making

By supporting developing country governments to put in place the right systems, GPE helps improve their capacity to collect and analyze education data. Only then are governments able to make decisions based on evidence.

48% of partner countries have a quality learning assessment system in place in 2018, compared to 40% in 2015

Tracking results for better education in Zambia
In Chavuma Boarding Secondary School in North Western Province, Zambia, teacher Mizpah Musumali and head teacher Victor Muntangu explain how tracking results and collecting data can improve the education system.

Results Report 2020

Results Report 2020

The Results Report 2020 demonstrates the progress the partnership has made in educating the world’s most vulnerable children and provides the foundation for evaluating its work and charting a path forward.