GPE works to ensure that millions more children are learning the essential skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.

The world is experiencing a learning crisis, with more than a quarter of a billion children excluded from education and an estimated 53% of 10-year-olds in low- and middle-income countries who can't read and understand a simple text. In addition, the school closures spurred by the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated the crisis and resulted in significant learning loss around the world.

Children from the poorest families, girls and children with disabilities face particularly huge barriers to learning in a safe and healthy environment.

To improve learning outcomes, countries need (among other things) reliable learning data, which requires robust learning assessment systems (LAS). Unfortunately this is a major challenge in many partner countries.

GPE 2025 identifies learning within its primary goal and as a key priority area for action.

GPE works to transform education systems to reach all girls and boys with quality learning opportunities.

Our results

of partner countries
with data improved learning outcomes between 2010-2015 and 2016-2019.
$775 million
invested in activities to improve learning between 2016 and 2020
The proportion of implementation grants supporting
learning assessment systems
increased from 67% in 2016
to 83% in 2020


GPE in action

GPE helps countries achieve improvements in learning along each stage of a child's education, including early learning, foundational skills such as literacy, numeracy, socio-emotional learning and the wider range of skills necessary to prepare students for the 21st century. This may include supporting distance learning and strengthening capacity for inclusive data collection to monitor learning.

Incentivizing learning: Partner countries applying for a GPE implementation grant must have a system or mechanism to monitor learning outcomes, a time-bound plan to develop one, or use the GPE grant to build one. The results-based portion of the grant is linked to demonstrated progress toward sector results, including gains in learning.

Supporting quality teaching: Beyond any other school-based factor, teacher effectiveness is the most important predictor of student learning. GPE works with partner countries to ensure that every classroom has a qualified, motivated and well-supported teacher who can unleash children's learning potential.

Planning for better learning outcomes: Throughout the planning and policy cycle, GPE invests in strengthened sector planning—helping countries diagnose challenges via an education sector analysis and adopt strategic lines of action in sector plans to improve the quality of learning.

Tracking learning outcomes: Through its results framework, GPE monitors how much children are learning at various stages in the primary and lower secondary cycles, including their proficiency in reading and mathematics.

Developing learning materials: GPE invests in relevant and quality content for instruction through helping partner countries develop or revise curriculum and learning materials.

Creating and sharing knowledge: A key theme of the Knowledge and Innovation Exchange (KIX) is learning assessments and several of the KIX grants cover activities and research related to learning.

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