Global Partnership in Education (GPE) is offering one of the most relevant COVID-19 recovery grants to eight countries. A total of 61 grants worth more than US$457 million are offered to these countries as emergency relief funds in a bid to improve education of millions of children. Since December 8, 2019, the grants have reached countries to implement long-term changes in the education sector.
At the Global Refugee Forum, GPE has announced US$250 million as a prompt relief fund to maintain the continuum of education in countries worst hit by humanitarian crises and forced displacement.
Several countries have been aided with the GPE fund-
Sudan has received US$11.8 million GPE funding to eradicate school dropouts and retain students in classroom in the face of severe adversity and rapid economic crisis. The project has so far supported 16,500 schools in 168 states most prone to the risk of losing school children during challenging times.
Zimbabwe was allocated US$2.34 million after cyclone Idai hit the country in March 2019. A total of 139 spanning across the Eastern and Southern provinces of Manicaland and Masvingo were immensely helped.
GPE has been collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders committed to improve access to quality education. The UK has been a key donour contributing $293 million during 2018-2021.
Over the decades, GPE has tried and formulated a constructive emergency support mechanism that reinforces humanitarian development and empowering the neighbouring countries to respond better to crises.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has upended children’s lives in unprecedented ways. Hundreds of millions of children will have to spend weeks and months away from their classrooms. We know from experience that the longer vulnerable children stay away from school, the less likely they are to return. It is critical to give them alternative ways to learn and rebuild a routine. If we act now, we can take the necessary steps to safeguard their future while protecting their present,” commented Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director.
In 2020, governments in 87 countries have been receiving GPE fund since March to support education amidst COVID-19 pandemic. GPE has also partnered with UNICEF to ensure quick dissemination of resources in countries with a dire need of the fund.