May 26, 2024

Global Partnership for Education pours USD 50 million towards education in Zimbabwe

The Global Partnership for Education has invested USD50 million in Zimbabwe to improve child safety in schools, enhance literacy for all children in the education sector

Clive Tatenda Makumbe in Zimbabwe

The Global Partnership for Education has invested USD50 million towards the education system in Zimbabwe as part of efforts to improve the functionality, protection, and safety of children in Schools, to enhance foundational Literacy and Numeracy for all girls and boys, and to enhance the education sector equity-focused leadership in the next three years.

The new funding is subdivided into five Grants.

Firstly, The System Transformation Grant (STG) of USD 24.8 million; second, the Programme Development Grant (PDG) of USD 0.2 million; thirdly the System Capacity Grant (SCG) of USD 2.9 million; fourthly the Multiplier of USD 8.66 million; and fifthly, Girls Education Accelerator (GEA) of USD 12.414 million with the Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) as Grant agent.

The System Transformation Grant and the Multiplier focuses on providing a holistic package that encompasses essential elements to drive education including functional policy frameworks, professional development, components toward digital learning, school resourcing, curriculum, and assessment, monitoring and research, and evaluation.

The System Capacity Grant focuses on building national capacity to develop, implement, and monitor education sector plans and policies.

The Girls Education Accelerator provides resources to support gender equality in countries and regions where girls’ education has been identified as a main challenge.

UNICEF Representative, Daouda Diop stated that: “The Global Partnership for Education Grants we are launching today are expected to be implemented from 2023 to 2026 and to demonstrate transformation in three important outcomes:

“Outcome 1: Improved functionality, protection, and safety of children in Schools; main activities include Regular and Complementary School Improvement Grants for the provision of piped water and completion of school infrastructures.

Outcome 2: Enhanced foundational Literacy and Numeracy for all girls and boys; main activities include teachers training, sensitization of parents and caregivers on foundational learning, procurement and distribution of teaching and learning materials, provision of assistive teaching and learning materials for children with disabilities, support competence-based curriculum revision.

Outcome 3: Enhanced Education sector Equity-focused Leadership; main activities include monitoring of GPE Grants implementation, communication, and visibility, and independent verification and final evaluation.”

These three outcomes form the bedrock of the activities and the implementation of both the System Transformation Grant and the Girls Education Accelerator.”

The Minister of Primary and Secondary Education Dr. Torerayi Moyo stated that the launch is a major drive for an education grounded in the new reality strengthened by a common narrative in the GPE compact document and imboiled by the effort towards improving education in Zimbabwe and achieving all the sustainable development goals.

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) funding in Zimbabwe was launched at Harare under the theme “Towards an Inclusive and Transformative Reform Agenda for Equitable Access to Quality Relevant Education in Zimbabwe”.

The Compact partnership of the Global Partnership for Education is a strategic plan for driving transformation, outlining how a GPE partner country plans to collaborate with others to focus on key reforms that can bring about widespread change in the education system.

The approval of the significant Grants launched today marks the culmination of an extensive and challenging journey to establish the GPE Compact partnership.

The GPE Compact partnership was established with backing from an Education Coordination Group that is inclusive of the local community. The partnership involves shared responsibility and directs all partners’ efforts towards accomplishing key reforms to guarantee equal access to high-quality, meaningful education. The GPE Compact partnership is based on the Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) 2021-2025, which is rooted in the National Development Strategy (NDS) 1.

UNICEF will serve as the grant agent, responsible for ensuring the successful and efficient implementation of the program. Grant agents take the lead in creating a GPE funding program at the national level and offer oversight, technical assistance, and capacity building to ensure the successful execution of the program.

The Global Partnership for Education is the biggest international fund specifically focused on changing education in countries with low incomes. Globally, the structure unites more than 100 partner countries, including donors, civil society through the Global Campaign for Education, teachers through Education International, private foundations, UN agencies, and the private sector. The Global Partnership for Education is supported by the World Bank. The Global Partnership for Education has numerous contributors from various countries including Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Estonia, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Qatar, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and United States of America.

The GPE has been providing assistance to the Zimbabwean government since 2013. During the years 2013-2015, GPE I allocated a budget of USD 23.6 million towards supporting the goals outlined in the Government of Zimbabwe Education Medium Term Plan (EMTP). The budget for GPE II, which ran from 2016 to 2022, was USD 42. 2 million and it provided support for the Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP 2016-2020).

Figure 1: Number and proportion (%) of grants mainstreaming gender equality in one or more activities


Figure 2: Estimated amount (in US$ million) and proportion (%) of grant amount disbursed, by education level