The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is mobilizing funds to help countries cope with education disruptions caused by Covid 19.
GPE grants will be released in partnership with UNICEF, the United Nations’ arm in providing development and humanitarian aid to children around the globe, UNICE, or the United Nations Children’s Fund also announced that the agency will also release $4 million of its resources in order to reach 58 more countries faced with the education disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Alice Albright, GPE’s CEO said
“The funds that GPE will release are initial steps in kick-starting governments’ efforts to keep students safe, whilst ensuring they will keep learning.” …”There is an urgent need to invest now in education systems, including providing support to schools and teachers, in order to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to children in developing countries across the globe.”
As it is, governments have ordered nationwide closures of schools in 156 countries resulting in learning disruptions. However, more than 8 out of 10 children and young people do not have access to vital services that would allow young people to continue their education in safe conditions.
About the Global Partnership for Education
The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) was launched in 2002 through the partnership of seven countries, as an organization originally known as the Education for All Fast Track Initiative. It later relaunched as GPE in 2015 in order to accelerate progress for universal primary education across 77 member countries.
The GPE’s primary goal is to support developing countries in ensuring that every child, particularly girls, receives quality basic education. In mobilizing funds, the GPE prioritizes those living in countries identified as the poorest, the most vulnerable and/or affected by conflict or fragility.