GPE Disability and Inclusive Education A Stocktake of Education Sector Plans and GPE Funded Grants.pdf


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Working Paper



February 2018

Executive Summary
The Global Partnership for Education, (GPE), is a multi-stakeholder partnership and funding platform that mobilizes global and national support for education in developing countries, focusing on
the most vulnerable children and youth. GPE helps developing country governments to improve
equity and learning by strengthening their education systems. The partnership brings together over
60 developing country governments; more than 20 donor governments; international, civil society
and teacher organizations; philanthropists; and members of the private sector. GPE’s core work at
the country level is to strengthen education sector planning and policy implementation. Through
strengthening education systems, GPE seeks to increase equity, gender equality, and inclusion in
education, and improve learning, especially in early childhood and basic education.
The GPE fund supports partner developing countries through three types of grants. The education
sector plan development grant supports the development of national education sector plans and is
complementary to government and other development partner financing. The education sector plan
development grant has two purposes: to fund an education sector analysis for qualitative and quantitative studies and system analysis to provide an evidence base for sector planning
GPE’s five-year strategic plan, GPE 2020, highlights our commitment to achieving SDG 4, “Ensure
inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all,” by
delivering quality and equitable education for all children. GPE 2020 strategic goal 2 further reinforces this by committing to achieve increased equity, gender equality, and inclusion for all in a full
cycle of quality education, targeting the poorest and most marginalized, including by gender, disability, ethnicity, and conf lict or fragility.
This report was commissioned by the Global Partnership for Education’s Secretariat to take
stock of how disability and inclusive education are in included in education sector plans (ESPs) in
51 countries, including GPE-funded programs, such as education sector program implementation
grants (ESPIGs), program documents (PADs), implementation progress reports (IPRs) Education Sector
Analysis (ESA), if applicable, and other relevant GPE program documents. Moreover, a plethora of key
international reports and monitoring reports was reviewed.
This report documents progress and highlights the need to step up support to GPE partner countries on disability and inclusive education, to improve consideration of issues around disability and
inclusion in education sector analysis and sector planning processes to better promote the achievement of GPE 2020 strategic goal 2, and to fulfill the transformative vision of Agenda 2030. This means
ensuring that girls and boys with disabilities are not only able to access their right to a quality education in a nurturing environment, but also, through education, become empowered to participate
fully in society, and enjoy full realization of their rights and capabilities.

N.B. This report was conducted in the fall of 2016, at the beginning of the GPE five-year strategic plan period.

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