In late March 2020, the UNICEF office in Malawi received a GPE grant of US$70,000 to support the Ministry of Education with preparing an education response and recovery plan for COVID-19. The grant is also used to:
- support safe school operation and risk communication
- analysis of the impact of COVID-19 on education
- training of teachers in distance learning.
Education in Maldives
Maldives’ education sector plan (ESP) for 2018-22 is a result of comprehensive education sector analysis and consultative work led by the country’s Ministry of Education (MoE). It is the first time that the MoE has developed a comprehensive sector analysis and education plan since 1995.
The education plan has 4 goals:
- Improved learning for all, through equitable access to quality education
- Skilled youth and adults for employment, decent work and entrepreneurship
- Ensure equitable access to lifelong, affordable and quality higher education for all
- System strengthening for efficiency and quality schools for all.
The ESP covers all key sub-sectors of education including early childhood education, primary and secondary education, higher education and technical and vocational education and training. The monitoring and evaluation framework detailed in the ESP emphasizes the need to develop a number of analytical work using robust data, learning measurements and evaluations.
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In 2017, the Global Partnership for Education Secretariat approved US$500,000 for Maldives. The grant helped the country conduct a comprehensive sector analysis as well as develop the education sector plan based on the GPE/IIEP guidelines, which help with evidence-based planning and implementation.
Education sector progress
The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in the Maldives, and GPE data shows the country progress on 16 indicators monitored in the GPE Results Framework.
Primary completion rate (%)
Lower secondary completion rate
Out-of-school rate for children of primary school age
Out-of-school rate for adolescents of lower secondary school age
Pre-primary gross enrollment rate
Gender parity index for out-of-school rate – Primary and lower secondary
Public expenditure on education as share of GDP (%)
Students/trained teacher ratio
Teachers trained (%)
Source: World Bank - Education Data
Data on education are compiled by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics from official responses to surveys and from reports provided by education authorities in each country.