The Department for International Development (DFID) is committed to increasing access of the poor, women, and girls to good quality education and skills for employment services provided by the non-state sector as part of a broader skills and education system. DFID concentrates on primary and lower secondary education, but also invests in high quality higher education, skills, and early childhood education. In addition to improving the coverage of services, DFID supports improvements in the quality, affordability, and equity of services. DFID works with partner governments and the private sector to make sure that poor families can send their children to quality schools which are close to home and provide a stimulating environment. At a global level, DFID works through the World Bank and Global Partnership for Education to improve the quality of education systems and train teachers in poor countries.
By 2015, DFID aspires to:
- Train more than three-quarters of a million teachers and introduce better testing of pupils’ progress
- Support 9 million children in primary education and another 2 million in lower secondary, as well as building at least 60,000 new classrooms
- Get up to 1 million more girls into school through the Girls’ Education Challenge
- Support higher education by improving the quality of more than 200 Higher Education Institutions across Africa and Asia
- Spend half of DFID direct education aid on unstable or war-torn countries
- Support more research into the best ways to get children into school, keep them in school, and improve the quality of their education