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What role does the Global Partnership for Education play in regard to education?

I am an international student studying development studies. Our professor gave us homework to write about multinational education stakeholders. I am interested in writing about this organization called Global Partnership for Education that I saw in the education technology news yesterday. They had a brief ad about the importance of education in life. However, the ad was too brief for anyone to know much about the organization. I have since gained interest in learning more about this organization. Can someone who has first-hand experience with this organization help me learn more about their funding, eligibility/selection criterion as well as their focus areas?

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Bethany Evans on January 18, 2018

I have first-hand experience with this organization. The GPE is a global organization that was formed as an education institute for all fast-track initiatives in 2002 with the aim of ensuring that all children in the third world countries access quality education. They facilitate learning of children by providing funds. According to the education tech news article on GPE, this organization assists governments in developing and funding the implementation of solid education sector plans that enhance equity in learning. To achieve its goal, GPE mobilizes financial support from international donors, the governments of third world countries, civil society organizations, philanthropists and private sectors.

The article further states that the organization requires around US $39 billion in order to fill the annual external financing gap, and provide basic education (pre-primary, primary and secondary) to all children in the world’s poorest nations by 2030. On average, educating a child in a developing country costs approximately US $1.25 per day. The CEO of this organization stated that one of the goals of the organization is to mobilize more funds for education by wooing more donors as well as increasing the grants from local donors. The CEO emphasized that GPE is committed to meeting the highest transparency standards possible in regard to policy formulation and implementation, governance and financing. In this regard, the organization regularly publishes data that complies with the International Aids Transparency Initiative registry.

Regarding eligibility and focus areas, GPE works with all parties interested in education across the world. To be a beneficiary, one has to be a child from a low-income country. The main focus areas are children with disabilities, nations affected by conflicts, gender equality, out of school children, early childhood, and good practice in the exchange of knowledge and development effectiveness. GPE is committed to showing the importance of education in everyone’s life. This is because education is one of the most powerful tools for fighting discrimination that girls and the disabled face. GPE, therefore, advocates for inclusive education for all children. Recent studies show that 35% of school dropouts happen in the marginalized and war-torn regions. In such contexts, education is the only tool that can restore normalcy. Thus, GPE aims at reducing the number of school dropouts through target support in partner countries. In addition, when girls are educated, they are able to make sound decisions that not only change their life but those of their families too.

Emily Alexandera year ago

In any organization, transparency in operations is key. I am glad to note that GPE is committed toward this core value. Also, I am pleased with the areas they chose to focus on. For instance, the issues of gender equality, girl child education, access to quality basic education, children with special need and early child development; which are key thematic areas of the millennium development goals for most nations. Although Global Partnership for Education seems to have very sound goals and well thought-out focus areas, they seem to be biased. I looked at their website and realized that most of the beneficiaries tend to be from Sub-Saharan Africa. This makes the organization look like an African helping organization. Only a few Asian and European countries are listed as partners. The organization needs to improve in this area to ensure it has beneficiaries in other continents. If I were you, I would look at an organization such as International Monetary Fund (IMF) that is more universal.


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