GPE launches US$17.9 million grant for the Federal Government of Somalia

The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) is pleased to announce a US$17.9 million grant for the Federal Government of Somalia. The grant will be implemented by the Federal Ministry of Education, Culture and Higher Education to address crucial education needs and priorities identified in the Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) 2018-2020. The grant will help more than 32,000 out-of–school children to go to primary school and get a quality education, strengthen the capacity of the Ministry of Education Culture and Higher Education (MOECHE) at the federal level and in Member States and support monitoring, accountability and communication across the education system. The European Union is the GPE coordinating agency for Somalia and CARE USA is the GPE grant agent for this grant. The program also includes measures for children with special needs, children from pastoralist communities and girls from vulnerable and disadvantaged backgrounds. Somalia has been a GPE partner country since 2012. In 2013, Somalia received its first GPE grant of US$14.5 million for the period 2013 to 2016. The current support of roughly US$33 million covers all regions, with US$5.6 for Puntland, US$9.6 for Somaliland and US$17.9 for the Federal Government of Somalia. In August 2018, GPE communicated that Somalia is eligible for an additional US$51.8 million.