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Highlights

Much of the focus of international aid in education has been on the lack of access to schools, particularly in poorer countries in sub-Saharan Africa or in conflict zones. But a new research from the...
At Financing the Future: Education 2030, held on the sidelines of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, leaders called for supporting GPE and its replenishment target (US$2 billion by 2020)...
Discover the power of education through individual stories of children, youth, and teachers living in GPE partner developing countries.
Pledge for GPE 2nd replenishment 2015-2018:
EUR375,000,000
Share of 2nd replenishment total pledges:
22.40%
Total contributions:
US$316,375,064
Share of total contributions:
6.75%

Aid to education

The European Commission, is the body with direct responsibility for the European Union’s aid programs. It is divided into Directorates-General.

The European Commission’s strategic priorities in education are:

  • Quality of education
  • Vocational training
  • Addressing inequalities

In 2017, the European Commission launched the “European Consensus on Development”, a shared vision and framework for action for development cooperation for the European Union (EU) and its member states. This blueprint reiterates the EU’s commitment to education for all as a prerequisite for youth employability and long-lasting development.

In 2016, the European Commission announced that it will increase its contribution to education in emergencies in 2017 to 6% of its humanitarian aid budget. The increase amounts to a six-fold increase since 2014.

The European Union and GPE

The European Commission is the GPE Board representative for the Donor 5 constituency. FranceGermanyItaly, and Spain are also members of this constituency.

The European Commission hosted the second GPE replenishment conference in Brussels (2014).

Last updated November 21, 2017