Aid to education
In Switzerland, the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) within the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (DEZA) and the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) within the Federal Department of Economic Affairs are the two institutions responsible for defining and implementing the Swiss aid program.
Increased funding for basic education and vocational training is one of the 2017-2020 international cooperation priorities for Switzerland.
Switzerland’s basic education focus centers on the following priorities:
- Ensuring that educational policies cater to young people and adults who were denied access to basic education.
- Improving relevance, quality and results.
Top five recipients of Swiss ODA for basic education in 2015 were: Mali, West Bank & Gaza Strip, Niger, Afghanistan, and Haiti.
In 2017, SDC released its education strategy: Basic Education and Vocational Skills Development which highlights the following six education priorities:
- Global and regional agenda
- Education system governance
- Quality and relevance
- Inclusion and equity
- Sustainability, cohesion, resilience
- Transition to work.
Switzerland and GPE
Switzerland is part of the Grants and Performance Committee.
Switzerland increased its 2016 contribution to the Global Partnership for Education from US$6.4 million to US$9.9 million recognizing GPE as a priority organization for Switzerland’s international cooperation.