The Australian Government’s overseas aid program helps countries develop better quality, cost-effective and community-focused education services, which will lead to better long-term education outcomes.
Australia’s education assistance aims to reach the disadvantaged and marginalised, including through the provision of more equitable access to quality education for girls and children with disabilities.
Australia is also assisting to improve the quality of education through the provision of basic education materials and textbooks, enhancing teaching skills and curriculums, and strengthening management skills in schools to ensure better use of existing resources.
Australia provides technical and vocational education assistance and higher education scholarships to help build an educated, skilled labour force.
AusAID Education www.ausaid.gov.au/aidissues/education/Pages/home.aspx
In recent years there have been a number of conferences and commitments to improve education. The Education for All conference in Jomtien, Thailand, held in 1990, promoted universal education, as does Millennium Development Goal 2. Enrolment in primary education has increased, but achieving universal primary education by 2015 is not on target. In half of the least developed countries, at least two out of five children in primary school drop out before reaching the final year.
The World Bank and education
Global Campaign for Education