Education in crisis situations

GPE helps countries strengthen and rebuild their education systems during and after a crisis so that children don’t lose out on their education.

Our results

106 million more children
enrolled in school in partner countries affected by fragility and conflict since 2002
$277 million
in accelerated funding to 21 countries to mitigate the impact of crises on children’s education as of June 2022
71% of children
completed primary school in partner countries affected by fragility and conflict in 2021 compared to 66% in 2013
$435 million
unlocked in 2022 in partner countries affected by fragility and conflict through the GPE Multiplier and GPE Match


GPE in action

GPE supports governments to prepare for, respond to, and recover from crises through technical and financial support to sustain children’s education primarily through national education systems.

In contexts where it is not feasible to work with governments, GPE protects the education system from collapse by supporting elements of the system closest to children and schools, so that learning can continue.

GPE promotes alignment between humanitarian and development actors, working closely with Education Cannot Wait, UNHCR, Education Clusters and other partners, by supporting the inclusion of emergency actors in national planning processes and local education groups. GPE helps facilitate dialogue among these actors to improve linkages and joint planning and avoid fragmentation in planning and financing.

Flexible and accelerated funding: Partner countries experiencing humanitarian crises can request accelerated funding from GPE up to 20% of their maximum allocation, with an approval in as little as 8 weeks. The funds are used based on the education cluster needs assessment and agreed by the local education group and the education cluster. Activities can include temporary shelters, school meals and school supplies, as well as classroom construction, teacher payments and school grants.

Transitional education planning: GPE provides financial and technical support through the system capacity grant to help partner countries establish a medium-term transitional education plan during a period of crisis. This plan forms the basis for a coordinated approach by identifying priority actions to maintain progress toward ensuring the right to education and meeting longer-term educational goals.

Operational framework for effective support in countries affected by fragility and conflict: Under this policy, GPE is able to redirect resources to priority activities arising from an emergency.

Latest blogs and news

July 18, 2024
Financing for education in crisis: Where do we stand?
Mobilizing sufficient financial resources for children’s education in crisis situations is an urgent necessity to address the global education crisis. A new paper from the Geneva Global Hub for Education in...