TechInPacific – The eight states in the Pacific island have received a total of $20.5m grants after Global Partnership of Education approval.
The following states are The Federated States of Micronesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Samoa, the Soloman Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu.
“Small island states face unique challenges due to their size and remoteness,” GPE Chief Executive Officer Alice Albright said.
“These grants will help improve education quality equitably across the Pacific and benefit millions of children in the region.”
Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, and Tuvalu will receive $2.5m respectively. The support will be targeted on running the regional education framework (PacREF) to accommodate student needs, programs, and teacher’s advanced professionalism.
The Federated States of Micronesia will receive a $2.5m grant to focus on compulsory education for kids of 5 years old, such as teacher training, learning materials supply, and increased parental and community engagement.
Meanwhile, Vanuatu will receive a $3m grant that focuses on children with disabilities and inclusive education as granted by Save the Children Australia. It also includes a $1m from the GPE Multiplier that makes every dollar invested four times the fund from both regional and multilateral development banks, bilateral donors, and philanthropic foundations.