Thimphu, 1 October 2018 – The Global Partnership for Education (GPE) will provide a grant of US$ 2.5 million to support the expansion of Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) and the development of a National Education Assessment Framework.
A partner agreement for this project was signed today between the Gross National Happiness Commission, the Ministry of Education, Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment, and Save the Children to launch and kick-start the implementation of the project.
The Education Secretary, Dasho Karma Yeshey, said this partnership will support Bhutan’s efforts to improve quality and inclusive education by ensuring that more children receive a solid foundation for their schooling.
“The funding will support the establishment of approximately 100 ECCD centers across all Dzongkhags in Bhutan and improved training of ECCD facilitators. It will greatly assist the Government’s aim of increasing participation in ECCD programmes and services to half of all children aged 3 to 5, by 2023” the Education Secretary said.
“We are delighted to see Bhutan’s commitment to education, particularly for the youngest learners,” said Alice Albright, Chief Executive Officer of the Global Partnership for Education. “This partnership will accelerate Bhutan’s efforts to improve equitable access to quality education for all children in the country.”
The funding will also be used to develop a national education assessment framework that will help monitor the quality of Bhutan’s education system and provide timely feedback to its key stakeholders. The data collected will inform policy-making, monitor progress towards system targets, identify marginalized and disadvantaged groups for targeted interventions and ensure appropriate resource allocation.
The Ministry of Education will oversee and implement the development of ECCD centers and training of ECCD facilitators. The Bhutan Council for School Examinations and Assessment will lead the development of the national education assessment framework.
The Global Partnership for Education, established in 2002 is the only global partnership and fund exclusively dedicated to children’s education. It provides financial and technical assistance to countries to improve access to and quality of education. GPE works to improve children’s learning and supports more than 65 developing countries to ensure that every child receives a quality education.
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