Education is fundamental to everything we do. It is the key to beating poverty and the greatest investment we can make for global prosperity and the future of our world. Education transforms countries and societies; an extra year of quality schooling lifts a country’s annual economic growth by 1%.
Educated children are able to take better care of their families and find greater employment opportunities in adulthood. Yet more than 67 million children are out of primary school across the world.
By 2015 DFID will:
- support nine million children in primary school
- support two million children in lower secondary school, at least half of which will be girls
- train more than 190,000 teachers and improve the quality of education and children’s learning.
DFID Education Position Paper: Improving learning, expanding opportunities
Together with a continued commitment to the Millennium Development Goals and the Education For All goals, DFID is focused on 3 core priorities:
1) to improve learning
2) to reach all children, especially those in fragile states
3) to keep girls in school, helping the most marginalised girls stay in school and learning for longer
DFID’s approach to education combines strengthening national education systems to ensure better provision for improved learning; improving accountability to citizens and taxpayers for results; and improving what happens in classrooms. There is no single technical fix to guarantee improved learning outcomes for every child and affecting change in learning outcomes can take time. A focus on learning does, however, provide a clear measurable indicator of education quality and impact.
DFID Education Research
DFID champions research which changes the way we think about how to deliver education to people who live in difficult environments. DFID want to understand what are the broader factors in a society that both help and hinder ordinary people’s access to school and learning. DFID generate new knowledge that assists governments in poor countries to improve both the quality of education they provide, and its outcomes. Over the past decade DFID has funded education programmes and large research programme consortia which have explored how to deliver more and better education for all.
Education Research Programme Consortia 2005 – 2010
The call for Expressions of Interest (EoIs) for new education research consortia, has resulted in three RPCs starting in late 2005. Each of the education RPCs will receive approximately £500,000 a year for up to five years, including an inception phase.
Research Programme Consortia (RPC) Awarded in July 2005: Education
- Theme 1 – Improving Access to Education
- Theme 2 – Improving the Quality of Education
- Theme 3 – Improving Educational Outcomes
These research programmes build on earlier DFID funded Education Research Projects which were based on six themes:
- Theme 1 – Policy and Strategy (Education for All)
- Theme 2 – Education / Labour Market Links (Skills for Development)
- Theme 3 – Technologies and Distance Learning
- Theme 4 – Gender
- Theme 5 – HIV/AIDS
- Theme 6 – Access and Education for Marginalised Groups