COVID-19 response

Allocation: US$20 million

Years: 2020-2021

Grant agent: World Bank

Key documents:

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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Year 6 student Rimsha Farooq reads during class at Khinger Khurd school, Punjab Province, Pakistan. Sept. 2012. Credit STARS/Kristian Buus


All amounts are in US dollars.

Grant type Years Allocations Disbursements Grant agent  
COVID-19 2020 19,850,000 0 World Bank  
Program implementation 2015-2019 34,000,000 34,000,000 World Bank Progress report
Sector plan development 2018-2020 460,350 0 UNICEF  
Program development 2020-2021 143,860 0 UNICEF  
Khyber Pakhtunkhwa
Sector plan development 2019-2020 500,000 0 DFID  
Program development 2020-2021 165,885 0 DFID  
Program implementation 2020 50,625,000 0 DFID  
Sector plan development 2017-2019 499,900 499,900 DFID  
Program development 2019-2020 200,000 0 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  
2012-2014 241,187 241,187 UNICEF  
Program development 2019-2020 200,000 164,619 World Bank  
2013-2014 188,092 188,092 World Bank  
  Total 173,573,674 101,324,119    
Data last updated: July 27, 2020

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

The graphs below show overall progress in the education sector in Pakistan, and GPE data for Balochistan and Sindh show 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.

Last updated June 23, 2020