Japan announces ¥3.2 billion grant to Cambodia for construction of teacher-training college

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has announced that it will provide a ¥3.2 billion grant (US$26.5 million) to the government of Cambodia as part of commitments made at the Seventh Mekong-Japan Summit Meeting and the Industrial Human Resource Development Cooperation Initiative. The grant will be used to build a college of education to train teachers for primary and secondary schools in the country.

Press release – MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Education

Japan announces ¥1.5 billion grant to Benin as part of TICAD VI commitment

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has announced that it will provide a ¥1.5 billion grant (US$12 million) to the government of Benin as part of its commitments made at the 2016 Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI). The grant will be used to renovate primary schools in order to increase access to schooling in the country.

Press Release – MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Education

EU commits €100 million in new funds to Global Partnership for Education

The European Commission has announced that it will contribute an additional €100 million to replenish the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), the only multilateral organization devoted to education. With this commitment, the EU will be the largest contributor to GPE, providing 63% of its overall funds, but most donors have not yet announced commitments for the upcoming funding cycle, so that status may change. The additional funding announced today comes on top of €375 million committed by the EU in 2014. The GPE holds its 2018-2020 replenishment conference in Dakar, Senegal on February 8, 2018. 

Press release – European Commission

EU Education

Japan gives ¥2.38-billion grant to Mongolia to build new schools

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) announced that it will provide a ¥2.38 billion (US$2 millilon) grant to the government of Mongolia. The grant will be used to develop four earthquake-resistant, disability-friendly primary and secondary schools in Ulaanbaator, the capital. The project aims to contribute to Mongolia's progress on SDG4, 'Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning'. 

Press release - MOFA (in Japanese)

Japan Education

Norwegian PM Solberg meets with GPE chair to boost engagement on education

Chairman of the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) Julia Gillard and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg met in Oslo to discuss the importance of international engagement for increasing resource allocation to education. At the meeting, Solberg reaffirmed Norway's commitment to education, and its role as an important ambassador, ally, and donor to the GPE. Both women have previously discussed their shared commitment to increasing resources allocated to education at the G20 summit in Hamburg.

The GPE holds a replenishment conference in Dakar, Senegal, in February 2018.

Press release - Government of Norway

Norway Education

Education Coalition denounces low levels of French education ODA

In a meeting with French First Lady Brigitte Macron, the Education Coalition – a group of 16 CSOs –criticized the level of French ODA going towards basic education in developing countries. Though education counts for 15% of all French ODA, more than 70% of it is allocated to post-secondary and secondary education, almost all of which is spent on scholarships and other costs of students from developing countries attending French universities. Basic education accounts for only 16% of bilateral assistance to education, corresponding to 2.5% of overall ODA. The Education Coalition called for French ODA to be redirected to priority countries in sub-Saharan African and the Sahel region, and to be focused on basic education, seeing it as more impactful on the educational systems of partner countries.

News report – Euractiv (in French)

France Education

South Korea to provide US$10 million for vocational school in Jordan

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the Ministry of Education of Jordan have signed an agreement to establish a vocational school in Zarqa, Jordan. KOICA will provide US$10 million for the project, as well as train the teachers on how to use modern educational equipment and technologies.

Press release – Jordanian government

South Korea Education

Norwegian foreign affairs minister pledges increased focus on education in developing countries

In response to a World Bank report highlighting education, Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs,  Ine E. Søreide, has pledged continued focus on improving education in developing states.  However, she also highlighted the need for concerted international effort, particularly around better teacher training. Within its own efforts, Norway will also work to make knowledge more accessible through a global digital library (planned launch in 2018), said Minister Søreide. The World Bank’s World Development Report for 2018 shows that more children are attending school, but not acquiring adequate knowledge, due to, among other factors, poor teaching and poor teacher knowledge.

Press release – Norwegian government (in Norwegian)

News report – Bistandsaktuelt (in Norwegian)

Norway Education

G7 accountability group publishes progress report on investing in education

Under Italian leadership, the Accountability Working Group (AWG) of the G7 has published a report entitled ‘Investing in Education for Mutual Prosperity, Peace and Development’, which examines progress made on commitments from heads of state at the Taormina summit meeting in May 2017. 

The report identifies high-quality education as a key and cross-cutting area of G7 action, which G7 members should "champion now" in order to achieve the SDGs by 2030. It refers to the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) and the new 'Education Cannot Wait' fund for education in emergencies as critical mechanisms to ensure that adequate resources are available to meet the educational needs of 1.5 million children affected by crises over the next two years.

Website - G7

Publication - G7 

Italy Education

World Bank devotes World Development Report 2018 to education

The World Development Report 2018 focuses on poor learning outcomes in developing countries and how to address them. The report, produced annually by the World Bank, is the first to be devoted solely to education. 'LEARNING to Realize Education’s Promise' details three main messages and recommends policy actions to address them:

  • 'Schooling is not the same as learning'.
  • 'Schooling without learning is not just a wasted opportunity, but a great injustice'.
  • 'There is nothing inevitable about low learning in low- and middle-income countries'.

Publication - World Bank

Global Education