<p><strong>The Global Partnership for Education (<span class="caps">GPE</span>) is putting up US$176.6 million in new grants to work in supporting high-quality schooling for children in Benin, Burundi, Nepal, Papua New Guinea, Tanzania and Uzbekistan. The grants were approved by the <span class="caps">GPE</span> Board of Directors.</strong></p> <p>According to a statement from <span class="caps">GPE</span>, the new funding will help the governments of the six countries to strengthen their national education systems through a set of interventions ranging from more and better early childhood development, accelerated early grade learning, training for teachers, the creation and distribution of high-quality learning materials, improved physical infrastructure, more rigorous education data collection, monitoring and analysis and more professional education management.</p> <p>“These grants are prime examples of GPE’s core transformative power: to provide developing countries the essential resources they need to educate all their children,” said Julia Gillard, Chair of GPE’s Board of Directors and former Prime Minister of Australia. </p> <p>“GPE financing is at work in countries around the world helping governments to give children, particularly girls and other vulnerable groups, the knowledge and skills to thrive,” she added.</p> <p>GPE’s results-based funding model makes one-third of each grant only available once countries have met agreed goals to improve the efficiency of their education system such as more children staying in and completing school; enhance equity to ensure undeserved groups of children get access to quality education; and produce better learning outcomes. </p> <p>Three of the countries: Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Uzbekistan also received <span class="caps">GPE</span> Multiplier grants, which provide US$1 for every US$3 countries raise in new and additional funding from other sources. </p> <p>The <span class="caps">GPE</span> Multiplier is an innovative finance instrument that catalyzes more and better investment in education. Since 2018, 12 countries have secured more than US$100 million in allocations, which has mobilized more than US$440 million in support of quality education.</p> <p>In the new approval, Benin will receive a grant of US$19.4 million to address education priorities. Burundi’s grant of US$25.6 million will help boost the quality of children’s learning by building more primary school classrooms in the most vulnerable areas. </p> <p>A grant of US$24.2 million will go to Nepal to focus on enhancing the quality of schooling to drive better learning outcomes. Papua New Guinea (<span class="caps">PNG</span>) will receive a grant of US$7.4 million. Over the last decade. </p> <p>Tanzania’s US$90 million grant will build on its successful efforts to enroll more children especially the most vulnerable. And Uzbekistan will receive a Multiplier grant of US$10 million which is mobilized alongside almost US$60 million in additional co-financing from the International Development Association and the Global Partnership for Results-based Approaches.</p>
These grants are prime examples of GPE’s core transformative power: to provide developing countries the essential resources they need.