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As the Global Partnership for Education gears up for its replenishment, education advocates are predicting 2018 could be a pivotal year for global education, which has long languished behind global...
Read the official announcements from donors that have committed to increase their funding to GPE on February 2, 2018 at the GPE Financing Conference.
Discover the power of education through individual stories of children, youth, and teachers living in GPE partner developing countries.
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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

Neven Mimica, European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development. Photo credit: GPE/Heather Shuker
From Cambodia to Côte d’Ivoire, from Ethiopia to Yemen, GPE provides training, advice, infrastructure, and above all, hope. 
Neven Mimica
European Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development

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

In December 2017, the European Commission announced it will provide 287.5 million euros for the 2018-2020 period. (approx US$350m)

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

Last updated February 27, 2018