Global Partnership for Education

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Global Partnership for Education
HeadquartersWashington, D.C.
Key people
Julia Gillard, Alice Albright

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is an international organization focused on getting all children into school for a quality education in the world’s poorest countries. GPE works with donors, developing countries, international organizations, foundations, the private sector, teacher organizations, and civil society organizations.


Launched in 2002, the Global Partnership for Education was originally known as the Education for All – Fast Track Initiative. It was launched to accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goal of universal primary education by 2015.[1]

GPE has grown from partnering with 7 developing countries in 2002 to 65 in 2017.[2] It is the 4th largest donor to basic education in low and middle-income countries.[3]

In 2013, Alice Albright joined as Chief Executive Officer. The Board of Directors consists of members from developing countries, donors, civil society organizations, private sector, foundations, and international organizations. Julia Gillard, became Chair of the Board in 2014.

Scope and focus[edit]

GPE works with 65 developing countries to help them develop quality education sector plans, and support them with technical assistance and financial resources.[4]

GPE’s areas of focus include: education in fragile and conflict-affected states, out-of-school children, girls’ education, increasing numeracy and literacy skills in primary school, and policies that support teachers.

Related data[edit]

Since 2002, there are 72 million more children in school in GPE partner countries.[5]

There are 61 million children between the ages of 6 and 11 years that are out of school.[6] 250 million children are unable to read and write by the time they reach grade 4.[7] In June 2014, the Global Partnership for Education hosted a fundraiser in Brussels where partners made financial and policy commitments to ensure boys and girls in the poorest countries have access to school and learning.[8]


  1. ^ Timeline,, Retrieved on 27 August 2014.
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  3. ^ Education for All Global Monitoring Report 2013-2014, UNESCO, p 12.
  4. ^ About GPE,, Retrieved on 27 August 2014.
  5. ^ [1],, Retrieved on 15 January 2017.
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  7. ^ Technical Note Prepared for Education for All Global Monitoring Report,, Retrieved on 24 July 2014.
  8. ^ Second Replenishment,, Retrieved on 26 August 2014.

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