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.
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All amounts are in US dollars.
|Grant type||Years||Allocations||Utilization||Grant agent|
|Sector plan development||2018-2020||460,350||460,350||UNICEF|
|Sector plan development||2019-2020||500,000||500,000||FCDO|
|Sector plan development||2017-2019||499,900||499,900||FCDO|
|Program implementation and multiplier||2020||56,112,500||0||WB|
|Program implementation||2015-2017||65,730,921||65,730,921||WB||Completion report|
|Sector plan development||2017-2019||498,465||498,465||WB|
As part of its investment in civil society advocacy and social accountability efforts, GPE’s Education Out Loud fund is supporting the Society for Access to Quality Education for the 2019-2021 period.
This builds on 11 years of Civil Society Education Fund (CSEF) support to national education coalitions for their engagement in education sector policy dialogue.
GPE had provided the Society for Access to Quality Education with a grant from the CSEF 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
Public expenditure on education as share of GDP
Students/trained teacher ratio
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.