Transforming education

GPE supports partner countries to develop their own pathway to transform their education system by identifying key challenges, implementing priority reforms and aligning all stakeholders to achieve results.

For the last two decades, GPE has been working to ensure every child has the hope, opportunity and agency that a quality education brings.

Our unique approach has helped partner countries make significant progress in improving learning for hundreds of millions of girls and boys in lower-income countries.

However, huge challenges remain. The disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, combined with the effects of climate change, conflict and economic slowdown, are deepening the learning crisis.

As countries respond to crises and recover, governments must seize this once-in-a-generation opportunity and work with their partners to transform their education systems.

Through a strengthened partnership, a sharpened approach at country level, including context-specific funding options, along with a "learn and adapt" approach to implementation, GPE is supporting partner countries to build stronger, more resilient education systems that deliver a quality education for all children.

System transformation at a glance

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Education systems are complex. They are comprised of interdependent components: people (teachers, students, parents, administrators) often with different and sometimes opposing priorities, inputs (curricula, books, schools), and processes.

A system transformation approach recognizes this complexity and prioritizes bold reforms that accelerate education progress beyond business as usual, supporting large-scale and sustainable change for the benefit of a large number of children, including the most marginalized.

This approach shifts the focus from sector-specific interventions towards addressing the root causes of the barriers to equitable learning, acknowledging these sometimes lie beyond the sector.

GPE support to system transformation

System transformation must be led by countries and GPE supports governments on their journey by:

  • Leveraging the diverse networks of partners and full range of knowledge, expertise and resources to deepen understanding of sector performance.
  • Supporting coordination and alignment of national and international efforts around prioritized reforms.
  • Supporting learning and adaptive management to sustain change.
  • Funding programs that drive system transformation.
  • Gathering timely evidence to drive delivery and enable course correction.

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