Allocation: US$20 million
Grant agent: World Bank
The US$20 million COVID-19 grant will:
- Strengthen the federal and provincial governments’ institutional capacity to respond to, and recover from, the COVID-19 crisis, and build resilience to face future crises, with a focus on disadvantaged areas and vulnerable populations
- Offer school children a wide range of distance learning channels - TV, TeleSchool, radio, print media, social media, and mobile applications - and distribute learning materials to students living in remote areas
- Support the design and implementation of an inclusive distance learning certification pathway to target the 19.1 million out-of-school children and those who would leave schools due to the negative shocks to household income caused by COVID-19
- Focus on vulnerable populations, concentrated mostly in remote areas of the country, and especially girls who are especially prone to dropping out of school as a result of socioeconomic shocks and have lower access to technology equipment such as mobile/tablet/TV/radio
- Train teachers in remedial education, distance learning strategies and learning assessments to effectively support children’s education
- Provide schools with basic sanitization and hygiene supplies to ensure they meet standards
- Supply students with learning materials to encourage them to return to school.
These initiatives are based on the Ministry of Education’s COVID-19 response plan.
In late March 2020, the UNICEF office in Pakistan received a GPE grant of US$140,000 to support the Ministry of Education with developing a national response and recovery plan.
Education in Pakistan
The delivery of education services in Pakistan is severely impacted by economic, political and security challenges that the country has been facing for some years.
The 18th Amendment to the Constitution of Pakistan, approved in 2010, devolved responsibility for education delivery and spending to provincial governments. The federal ministry retains some limited mandates, mainly in curriculum development, accreditation and the financing of research and development.
See a comprehensive interactive map of education rankings across Pakistan.
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All amounts are in US dollars.
|Grant type||Years||Allocations||Disbursements||Grant agent|
|Program implementation||2015-2019||34,000,000||34,000,000||World Bank||Progress report|
|Sector plan development||2018-2020||460,350||0||UNICEF|
|Sector plan development||2019-2020||500,000||0||DFID|
|Sector plan development||2017-2019||499,900||499,900||DFID|
|Program implementation||2015-2017||66,000,000||65,730,921||World Bank||Completion report|
|Sector plan development||2017-2019||499,400||499,400||World Bank|
|Program development||2019-2020||200,000||164,619||World Bank|
GPE has also provided the Pakistan Coalition for Education - An initiative of Society for Access to Quality Education (PCE) with a grant from the Civil Society Education Fund, to support its engagement in education sector policy dialogue and citizens’ voice in education quality, equity, and financing and sector reform.
Education sector progress
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.