Global Partnership for Education Approves Grant to Help Advance Education Reform in Haiti
WASHINGTON, July 4, 2021 – The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) June 22 approved a $ 16.5 million grant to help advance education reform in Haiti through the Project to promote an efficient education system in Haiti. This effort aims to improve the planning and regulatory functions of Haiti’s Ministry of Education and the learning assessment system. To implement this project, the Government of Haiti is supported by the World Bank, acting as a partner agent.
“GPE’s support to strengthen education in Haiti is more critical than ever, as the impacts of the pandemic increase the risk of dropping out of school,” said Alice Albright, Managing Director of GPE. “GPE will continue to help make Haiti’s education system more resilient and efficient so that the most vulnerable girls and boys can attend school and learn.
“Haiti’s access to primary education has improved in recent years, however, these gains risk being lost due to the combined impacts of the socio-political crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic” mentionned Laurent Msellati, World Bank Country Director for Haiti. “Investing in strengthening the management of the education sector will be a key driver of development, one of the strongest pathways to resilient recovery, and will help protect the human capital of Haitian children.
According to the Human Capital Index 2020, a child in Haiti who starts school at age four will typically complete 11.4 years of school by age 18, but taking into account what children are learning, expected school years are only 6.1 years. Recognizing the urgency of ensuring access to quality basic education, the Government of Haiti has developed the Ten-Year Education Sector Plan, which prioritizes governance; access and equity; quality and relevance.
The Promoting an Effective Education System in Haiti project will support the implementation of this plan by strengthening the planning capacity of the Ministry of Education to support evidence-based decision-making. The project will also support the improvement of the learning assessment system to monitor and improve learning outcomes. In addition, the project will support the development of learning standards for primary education and set goals for student learning.
About the Global Partnership for Education
GPE is a shared commitment to end the global learning crisis. It is the only global partnership and fund entirely dedicated to helping children in low-income countries get a quality education, so they can unleash their potential and help build a better world.
With nearly 20 years of experience helping partner countries get more girls and boys into school, GPE brings together teachers, civil society, donors, UN agencies, development banks, businesses and philanthropists behind the leaders of partner countries to fund and support solutions so no child is left behind.
Last updated: 04 Jul 2021