New development policy
Australia’s priorities in education are set out in a new development policy for the aid program and a new performance framework to improve aid program performance, value for money and results.
More about the development policy
Education enables development and is crucial to helping people overcome poverty. Australia and its neighbours benefit from investments in education for human resource development, economic growth and stability across the region. Australia prioritises access to quality learning for all, with a focus on gender equality and assisting the most disadvantaged, including people with a disability, find pathways out of poverty.
Australia has bilateral education programs with 21 countries throughout Asia and the Pacific. Our largest education investments are with PNG, Indonesia, the Philippines, Pacific Island countries, Bangladesh and Laos.
Through the aid program, Australia’s investments in education will enable children, particularly girls and children with a disability, to gain the skills they need to participate in the economy and their communities. In 2014-15, investments will include:
- investing in school construction in disadvantaged regions
- supporting teacher training and improved learning assessment
- supporting technical education, skills development and training aligned with labour market needs
- supporting inclusion of children with a disability in education
- supporting regional stability through increased access to education in conflict-affected areas
- increasing opportunities for girls to learn
- investing in innovative approaches and research with the private sector and civil society to improve access, reach and quality of education
- strengthening the management and accountability of education policies and systems globally, to ensure the sustainability of our investments.
Australia Awards scholarships support emerging leaders from developing countries to study in Australia, build people-to-people links and return home to contribute to economic and social development. At the same time, the New Colombo Plan, a foreign policy initiative, is enabling Australian students to study in the region.