Aid to education
In Australia, foreign aid policy is led by the Minister for Foreign Affairs, along with the Minister for International Development and the Pacific. The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is in charge of development activities.
Australia’s education programs are guided by the “Strategy for Australia’s aid investment in education 2015-2020”.
Investments in education focus on four strategic priorities:
- Getting the foundations right: participating in early childhood development
- Learning for all: improving learning outcomes and improving the quality of education
- Universal participation: with a particular focus on including girls and children with disabilities
- Skills for prosperity: improving access to high-quality, post-secondary education and training
In 2015, the top recipients of Australia’s aid to basic education were: Philippines, Bangladesh, Kiribati, and Lao PDR.
Australia and GPE
Australia is the alternate Board member of the Donor 6 constituency on the GPE Board. Japan, Korea, and the United States are also members of this constituency. Australia also sits on the Strategy and Impact Committee.
Australia’s 2015-2020 education strategy highlights investment in the Global Partnership for Education, noting the importance of GPE supporting children in countries affected by fragility and conflict.