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US $400 million in education grants for 47 countries

Updated: Mar 26, 2021


Global Partnership for Education
Emergency funds are helping countries keep children engaged in learning, making sure they can return when schools reopen. PHOTO: ImageCollab

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE), a partnership and funding platform to strengthen education systems in developing countries, has approved grants totaling US$381 million to help 47 countries respond to coronavirus-related school closures ensuring children continue learning during the pandemic. A further US$20 million is being provided to a joint initiative managed by UNESCO, UNICEF and the World Bank that will ensure regional and global efficiencies and knowledge sharing. Alice Albright, chief executive officer at GPE, says nearly 720 million students are out of school in developing countries where combined impacts of school closures and economic hardship due to the coronavirus, threaten to reverse decades of hard-won gains in education. She says girls are especially at risk, as they are more likely to have to take on household chores alongside remote learning, and when girls are out of school they are more vulnerable to gender-based violence, early marriage and teenage pregnancy. “There is a risk that millions of the most vulnerable children, especially girls, will never set foot in a classroom again and GPE is committed to ensuring no child’s education is left behind because of COVID-19. Our emergency funds are helping partner countries keep children engaged in learning, making sure they can return when schools reopen,” she says. Develo