Republic of Korea

Republic of Korea

Highlights

The Republic of Korea today joined the Global Partnership for Education as a donor partner and announced its first commitment of US$5 million.
President Park Geun-hye said Wednesday South Korea plans to contribute US$5 million to an international organization meant to help countries educate children.
Picture of the Week: The President of the Republic of Korea, Park Geun-hye, announced that her country is joining the Global Partnership for Education with a first financial commitment of $5 million.
Pledge for GPE 2nd replenishment 2015-2018:
US$5,000,000
Share of 2nd replenishment total pledges:
0.27%
Total contributions:
US$2,100,000
Share of total contributions:
0.05%

Aid to education

Under the oversight of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA), KOICA, Korea’s International Cooperation Agency, administers the Korean government’s grant aid and technical cooperation programs.

As of 2016, the major priorities for development cooperation in the area of global education included:

  • Enhancing educational cooperation through international cooperation with 31 countries around the world and multilateral organizations
  • Global citizenship education
  • Expansion of ODA for education development abroad, particularly in Africa.

KOICA’s education work is guided by its 2016-2020 education mid-term strategy, which has three main objectives:

  • Quality education and healthy schools
  • Inclusive education for disadvantaged groups
  • Skills and technology for work.

The top five recipients of Korean aid to basic education in 2015 were: Mongolia, Nigeria, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Jordan.

Republic of Korea and GPE

Korea is part of the Donor 6 constituency on the GPE Board, together with AustraliaJapan and United States.

Korea hosted the Spring 2015 Board Meeting in Seoul, following the World Education Forum held in Incheon.

Last updated May 16, 2017