EU reinforces education support05/12/17Education
European Commissioner for International Co-operation and Development Neven Mimica has announced an additional EU contribution of €100m to replenish the Global Partnership for Education.
The new funding is in addition to the €375m already allocated in 2014.
This support, according to an EU press release, will help ensure quality, inclusive and equitable education and promote permanent learning opportunities for all whilst contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.
Mimica said: “Our action can bring real change to the hundreds of millions of girls and boys in the world who are not going to school, and the additional €100m announced today will enable more than 25 million children to finish their primary or secondary education. I call on other actors to join us and to live up to our ambition. It is only together that we can ensure quality education for all marginalised children, including the poorest, those in emergency or conflict situations, disadvantaged girls and children with disabilities.”
EU support to the Global Partnership for Education has enabled an additional 64 million children to be enrolled in primary school in 2014 compared to 2002.
The number of children completing primary school has also increased to 73% in 2014 from 63% in 2002.
Furthermore, the EU supports developing partner countries with bilateral support programmes for education worth around €3.4bn, as well as €300m for Vocational Education and Training and €1.4bn for higher education (Erasmus+).