GPE in action
5th grade classroom at Shaheed Zubaer basic school for boys in Sudan.
Credit: GPE/ Kelley Lynch
GPE finances education interventions that accompany children throughout a country's progress from preparedness through to recovery to reduce the impact of crises. It recognizes that securing education services across the divide between humanitarian and development interventions is crucial to maintaining progress.
GPE also promotes a foundation for better coordination and dialogue among development and humanitarian actors so that resources are used in the best way possible in crisis settings.
GPE supports these countries with three mechanisms:
Accelerated funding: allows disbursement within eight weeks of up to 20% of a GPE grant. The use of funds is based on the education cluster needs assessment and agreed by the local education group and the education cluster. Activities can include temporary shelters, school meals and school supplies, as well as classroom construction, teacher remuneration and school grants.
Transitional education planning: GPE provides financial and technical support to help countries establish a transitional education plan. This forms the basis for a coordinated approach by identifying priority actions in the medium term to maintain progress toward ensuring the right to education and meeting longer-term educational goals.
Operational framework for effective support in countries affected by fragility and conflict: under this policy GPE is able to redirect resources to priority activities arising from the emergency.
These mechanisms ensure that GPE funding to the education sector does not stop when the emergencies strike and that partners can work together in identifying the most pressing needs and the best use of the funds.
GPE actively supports Education Cannot Wait (ECW), a global fund to provide education in emergencies. GPE is working closely with the ECW Secretariat to establish a strong foundation and operational framework.