The Sustainable Schools Panama Programme: Partners

The first stage of the Sustainable Schools Panama Programme was funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In kind delivery support was provided through two key Government Department partners in Panama: the Secretaría Nacional de Energía and the Ministerio de Educación.


UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office promotes the United Kingdom's interests overseas, supporting UK citizens and businesses around the globe. The FCO is responsible for:

  • Safeguarding the UK’s national security by countering terrorism and weapons proliferation, and working to reduce conflict
  • Building the UK’s prosperity by increasing exports and investment, opening markets, ensuring access to resources, and promoting sustainable global growth
  • Supporting British nationals around the world through modern and efficient consular services

The Prosperity programme is the Foreign and Commonwealth’s fund to tackle climate change, strengthen energy security and promote an open global economy in key emerging economies. The Prosperity Fund is the FCO’s dedicated annual fund supporting the UK’s prosperity work overseas. Through targeted projects, it aims to support the conditions for global and UK growth: Openness, Sustainability, Opportunity and Reputation.

As a devolved programme, the Prosperity Fund is mostly allocated to Prosperity Fund priority countries. Countries with dedicated programmes are: Brazil, China, India, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea and Turkey. The FCO also operate regional funds in Africa, Latin America and South East Asia to widen our global reach, and work with the International Energy Agency (IEA) and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) through our delegation in Paris.


Secretaría Nacional de Energía (SNE)

The Secretaría Nacional de Energía is the National Government Department for Energy in Panama. The SNE is the highest institutional body responsible for Panama’s energy sector policies. Its mandate covers hydrocarbons, electricity, including energy efficiency, and the development of alternative and renewable energy sources. The SNE was created in 2008 to pursue four key objectives:

  • To formulate, plan and establish the policies of the energy and hydrocarbons sector;
  • To oversee compliance with the energy policies established in the energy sector;
  • To advise the government on issues within its jurisdiction;
  • To propose legislation as needed for the adequate implementation of energy policies.

The SNE supported the Sustainable Schools Panama Programme from the conception stage, and was a key stakeholder and partner throughout the programme delivery.


Ministerio de Educación (MEDUCA)

The Ministerio de Educación is the National Government Department for Education in Panama. MEDUCA was formed in 1941 with the vision of providing an education system in Panama based on equity and responsibility, to contribute to the development of the country.

MEDUCA acted as a key delivery partner throughout the Sustainable Schools Panama Programme, by assisting with the selection and engagement of the participating schools and offering in kind support to facilitate the programme implementation.

delivery team in panama

Image: Delivery team in Panama City

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